The latest target that Newcastle United are said to be pursuing in the January transfer window is Galatasaray attacking midfielder Arda Turan.
Arda Turan – on the right – 20 year-old highly regarded in Turkey
The 20 year-old is highly regarded in Turkey as their brightest new talent and Istanbul press speculation says he has attracted interest from several Premiership clubs – including Newcastle United and Middlesbrough. If that is true we would have a good chance of attracting Arda since we already have one of Turkeyâ€™s best players, Emre, at the Tyneside club.
Arda is currently one of the rising stars of Galatasaray’s successful youth set-up. He was called into the full team in the beginning of the 2004-2005 season and played well in the senior side since then. In mid season he was loaned to Vestel Manisaspor in order to gain first team experience.
Former Turkey national football team coach Ersun Yanal gave Arda a chance in Turkeyâ€™s National team and Arda has already played 15 times and scoring twice for his country. Arda is noted for his consistent performances on the left wing but he is also capable of playing on the right side, as an attacking midfielder.
He has played 18 times with 6 goals for the Turkey Under-19 side. He played 6 times for the Under-21 side and has played 35 times for Galatasaray scoring 8 goals. From 2005-2006 he was on loan at Manisaspor playing 15 times and scoring 2 goals. He is just under 5â€™10â€ tall.