Reports from Turkey claim that Fenerbahçe are confident of completing a loan exchange deal that will see Fulham misfit Kostas Mitroglou join the Turkish giants whilst Nigerian forward Emmanuel Emenike moves in the other direction.
Mitroglou, who spent last season on loan at Olympiakos, does not have any future at Craven Cottage despite being chairman Shahid Khan’s biggest-money signing. The Greek international striker cost around £12m when he moved from Olympiakos last January, but has only made three appearances for the club in a disastrous injury-hit spell. He returned to his former club on loan last August, helping them reach the Champions’ League group stages and complete their seventeenth domestic double.
Mitroglou’s manager at Olympiakos, the former Portuguese midfielder Vitor Pereira joined Fenerbahçe on Thursday and has already identified the 27 year-old as the man to solve the Turkish giant’s problems in front of goal. Turkish media reports claim that club president Aziz Yildrim and director of football Giuliano Terraneo have held personal discussions with Khan and Fulham officials about a possible swap deal involving Emenike, who has apparently already bought a house in Essex as he prepares for a move to England.
The 28 year-old forward’s second spell with Fenerbahçe is certain to end this summer after he became a target of the boo boys amongst the fanatical Ferne support and asked to be substituted in the derby against Besiktas in March. Emenike’s goals helped fire his country to the African Cup of Nations in 2013, where he finished as the tournament’s top goalscorer, and he helped Fenerbahçe win the double the following season. He was cleared of match-fixing allegations whilst playing in Turkey and is said to be keen on a move to Europe.