It is looking like Newcastle United have come to agreement with Fenerbahce for the transfer of Emre.
Emre – has he played his last game for Newcastle United
The Fenerbahce web site has said such – take a look.
The announcement on their site says the following:
Fenerbahce to sign Emre Belozoglu
Fenerbahce reached an agreement with Newcastle United in order to sign the Turkish superstar Emre Belozoglu and make him become a canary.
Emre Belozoglu is one of the most accomplished Turkish players of all time, and also a member of the Turkish National Team, which he helped to a third-place finish at the World Cup 2002.
We don’t know what the agreed to fee is, but BBC Sports is quoting Â£8M, but the papers in Turkey last night were quoting 7M euros, which is about Â£5.5M. We paid Â£3.8M for Emre from Inter Milan in July, 2005.
If this deal does go through we can only assume Newcastle are willing to let some of their fringe players go.
We think Emre is a fringe player only because he gets injured so much, so he very rarely gets a long run in the side.
But he’s a class player as he showed when he came on with 15 minutes to go against Everton last season at St. James Park. He scored a great goal and then made the winner for Michael Owen.
Not many players can turn a game like that in a short 15 minutes.
The fact he has undoubted class will disappoint Newcastle fans, if these rumors are true.
But this news is now on most sports web sites, although our information suggests the transfer will be formally announced in Turkey on Monday, according to the Turkish reports we received.
Emre is even quoted as giving a farewell interview in which he says:
â€œNewcastle have good players and finished the season with a good mentality.”
â€œThey are playing football again.”
â€œWhen Kevin came to Newcastle everybody felt he had brought something different from in the dressing room to out on the pitch.”
â€œEverything has changed for the better because of him.â€
We’ll have to keep checking www.nufc.co.uk to see if the club have anything to say on this, and we cannot believe that Kevin Keegan can be too happy if this is true.
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