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Sahin set for Premier League - reports

July 27, 2012
By ESPN staff

Real Madrid midfielder Nuri Sahin is set to join a Premier League side on loan, according to reports from Spain.

Nuri Sahin
GettyImagesNuri Sahin has had a disappointing first year at Real Madrid

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Sahin, 23, made just two La Liga starts for Real Madrid last season, having joined the club from Borussia Dortmund in 2011.

The Turkey international recently expressed his willingness to remain at the Bernabeu, but Spanish newspaper AS reported on Friday an exit has been agreed.

AS claims a season-long loan agreement with an English side has been struck, with Arsenal and Tottenham - as part of a deal for Luka Modric - have been mooted as possible destinations.

Marca, meanwhile, takes the stance that he is bound for the Gunners, after he was left out of Real's squad for their friendly against Benfica.

Neither North London club have commented on the rumours, with clarity over Sahin's destination expected in the next 48 hours, although Jose Mourinho signalled that he expects the player to move.

"I want to be honest and Sahin is living in this grey zone because the market is open,'' the Portuguese said. "If the possibility arises for him to go to another place it would be better for him to leave and to be able to have more minutes on the pitch.''