Transfer news

Kjaer set for Turkey

September 3, 2012
By Stephan Uersfeld, Germany correspondent

Denmark defender Simon Kjaer is set to leave Wolfsburg amid claims Galatasaray are close to a deal.

Simon Kjaer is on his way out at Wolfsburg
GettyImagesSimon Kjaer endured a disppointing spell with Wolfsburg

Kjaer, 23, spent last season on loan with Roma, and has failed to force his way into Felix Magath's plans since his return to Germany.

The centre-back could now leave the club, with Turkey looking his most likely destination, Wolfsburger Allgemeine Zeitung reports.

"Yes, it is true. Wolfsburg are currently talking to a club," the Dane's agent, Mikkel Beck, explained. "We currently don't know which club Wolfsburg is talking to - we need to find out and wait and see."

Galatasary are the favourites to sign Kjaer after their Czech defender Tomas Ujfalusi tore his cruciate ligaments. The Champions League side seem willing to meet both Wolfburg's and Kjaer's financial demands, with the Turkish club set to offer €7 million for his signature.

Galatasaray manager Faith Terim confirmed the club will look to bring in defensive reinforcements, he said: "We have lost both Ujfalusi and Engin Baytar for long periods, both were key members of the squad last season so we will miss them. We only have 3 defenders left so we will bring in a defender to replace Ujfalusi."

Kjaer has been recalled by Denmark coach Morten Olsen for Saturday's Group B World Cup qualifier against Czech Republic after being omitted from the national squad for their friendly against Slovakia in August.

The former Palermo man had vowed to "never to play under Magath again" before Euro 2012 but looked to have reached an agreement with the Wolfsburg manager when he returned for pre-season training, but it seems that the rift is yet to be settled.