Besiktas have agreed a deal to sign Southampton wide man Mohamed Elyounoussi on a season-long loan, according to Fanatik, via Sport Witness.
Speculation surrounding the 25-year-old’s future on the south coast has been rife this season, and it now looks as though he’ll be spending the campaign away from St Mary’s as Super Lig giants Besiktas have allegedly agreed to pay Saints €500k to take the winger on loan until the end of the season.
Elyounoussi has failed to make an impact at Southampton since his £16m move from Basel last June – he is still yet to find the net and was left out of Ralph Hasenhuttl’s matchday squad for the club’s opening two Premier League fixtures against Burnley and Liverpool.
With so much competition for places in the wide areas at Saints this season, first-team opportunities for the Norwegian look extremely limited, so a temporary move elsewhere in order to obtain valuable game time may suit all parties.
According to the Turkish newspaper, Elyounoussi is expected to fly out to Istanbul this week, with manager Abdullah Avci keen to use him immediately.
Besiktas haven’t got off to the best of starts in this season’s Super Lig, drawing their opening fixture with Panathinaikos 2-2 last weekend, before losing 3-0 to Sivasspor on Saturday. They welcome Goztepe to the Vodafone Arena this Friday and will hope to have Elyounoussi available for that tie.
Having finished third last season, Besiktas will be playing Europa League football this time out, which will present Elyounoussi with the perfect opportunity to prove to his parent club that he can cut it at a fairly high level.
Having failed to score or assist during his time on the south coast, it’s hard to make a case for him to stay when you consider the strength in depth the Saints enjoy in wide areas.
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