Besiktas board member Safak Mahmutyazicioglu has spoken to Haber Global and confirmed Ryan Babel will be signing for Fulham in this transfer window.
Mahmutyazicioglu said Fulham will loan the Besiktas winger until the end of the season and added: “We’ve agreed on a deal with Fulham for Babel. He will be loaned out for six months for €2m. He also has six months left on his current contract with us. He’s also agreed personal terms with the club.”
TRT Spor’s Besiktas journalist Firat Gunayer explained the reason behind the loan move: “Fulham loaned him because they want to see how well he will perform in the Premier League. If he impresses, then they will talk with him for a permanent transfer. He has no chance of returning to Besiktas because of the wages.”
At the weekend we covered claims from the Turkish media that the Netherlands international had agreed personal terms with Fulham and was close to joining the Premier League club.
It was claimed an announcement of his arrival should be made by Tuesday as Claudio Ranieri looks to bolster his squad before the transfer deadline.
Babel has experience playing in England after his spell with Liverpool, but he failed to make a real impact during the latter stages of his time at Anfield.
The player will become a free agent in the summer despite contract talks with the Istanbul club.