Stoke City midfielder Badou Ndiaye is reported to be having a medical at the the Turkish club Trabzonspor on Thursday.
According to Football Insider, the two clubs have reached a loan-to-buy deal which will see the Stoke man leave the Potters until the end of the season at least.
New Stoke boss Michael O’Neill has given the Senegal international the green light to leave as he looks to reshape the squad at the Bet365 Stadium – and significantly reduce his wage bill.
Trabzonspor were one of a number of European clubs racing to sign Ndiaye – beating the likes of the German clubs Schalke and Mainz.
The midfielder is expected to fly out to Turkey for a medical tomorrow before completing the loan deal.
A move away could benefit the Senegalese international, who signed for Stoke for £14m in 2018 but is yet to cement a place in the starting XI this season.
The move will free up some of the wage budget for Micheal O’Neill who will be looking to improve his side in the January window.
The 29-year-old Ndiaye has first hand experience in Turkey’s top flight with Galatasaray – the club where Stoke bought the midfielder from.
Ndiaye impressed on a loan move back to Galatasaray last season helping the Turkish giants to their 22nd Super Lig title.
Stoke have only handed 13 Championship appearances to the midfielder this season, many of them coming under the former Stoke boss Nathan Jones.
Since of Michael O’Neill’s arrival at the club, Ndiaye has only started one league outing despite being one of the biggest earners.
The midfielder may not be the only player Micheal O’Neill offloads in January with young striker Tyrese Campbell attracting Celtic and Rangers.
Ndiaye become the club’s third most expensive signing of all time when he joined in 2018 for £14m but was part of the relegated Premier League Stoke team in 2017/18.
In recent weeks, the midfielder has been hung out to dry, not featuring in either of the last two match day squads
Stoke will be looking at getting the deal over the line so they can focus on their relegation six-pointer against Middlesbrough on Friday evening.