Nuri Sahin’s season-long loan deal from Real Madrid has been terminated in order that the midfielder can join former club Borussia Dortmund for the rest of the campaign, Liverpool have confirmed.
The Turkey international has made just 12 appearances since arriving in August, scoring on three occasions. It is believed that Liverpool were eager to cut short the loan arrangement in order to free up funds on their wage bill.
“Liverpool Football Club have confirmed an agreement has been reached with Real Madrid allowing midfielder Nuri Sahin's loan deal to end, so he can join another club with immediate effect,” read a statement on Liverpool’s website.
Sahin was voted the Bundesliga’s player of the year for 2010/11, a season in which he helped Dortmund to claim the league title. He then moved to Real Madrid, but failed to establish himself in his first season at the Bernabeu. It is believed Liverpool pushed hard to secure the 24-year-old in the summer in the wake of strong competition from Arsenal.
Things have not worked out at Anfield, either, however. Intriguingly, Dortmund manager Jurgen Klopp recently claimed that Sahin had been played out of position by Liverpool boss Brendan Rodgers.
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"I don't know what Liverpool manager Brendan Rodgers plans to do with him. However, fielding him in the No.10 position is not the best solution in my opinion," Klopp said, according to ESPN.
Another summer arrival at Anfield could also soon be on the way out with Oussama Assaidi being linked with a loan move to Ajax and Galatasaray.
The winger joined for £3 million from Heerenveen in August but has yet to start in the Premier League. The 24-year-old is now preparing for the African Cup of Nations with Morocco. According to TalkSport, he may be on the move when he returns, with clubs lining up a deal to secure his services for the remainder of the season.
In terms of further arrivals this month, a report in Turkish paper Fanatik Gazetesi has claimed that Liverpool have made a £10 million bid for Fenerbahce striker Moussa Sow. It would come as something of a surprise were Liverpool were to commit such a large fee on another forward this month, following the £12 million capture of Daniel Sturridge.
Sow, 26, has scored seven goals in 16 appearances in the Turkish Super Lig so far this season.
Liverpool may have to work cut out if they are to sign Stoke goalkeeper Asmir Begovic. The Bosnian is one of the stoppers to be linked to the Reds amid reports that Rodgers is seeking a replacement for Pepe Reina.
Begovic, though, insists that he is far from in a rush to make a move, despite also being linked with Manchester United and Arsenal.
“It’s positive and flattering to have interest and big clubs watching me and obviously I must be doing something right,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “It doesn’t count for anything if I don’t keep it going. I’ve got a long-term contract here and if the situation arises that remains to be seen. We’re on the same page and of course I am happy to stay.”