West Ham United have offloaded Arthur Masuaku to Besiktas on loan with a view to a permanent transfer.
Masuaku was a member of the West Ham squad since 2016, when he joined from Olympiacos. In the time since, he has amassed 129 appearances for the Hammers, getting two goals to his name.
However, West Ham are hoping to source a new left wing-back before the summer transfer window closes. They have been exploring a deal for Filip Kostic of Eintracht Frankfurt, for example.
Hence, they have decided to move on from Masuaku, who only started six Premier League matches last season.
The 28-year-old will now play for the fourth different club in his career. Each has been in a different league; after representing Valenciennes in France, Olympiacos in Greece and West Ham in England, he will now experience Turkish football for the first time.
Earlier in the summer, Besiktas sold their previous left-back, Ridvan Yilmaz, to Rangers. Therefore, they have turned to Masuaku to fill the void.
Besiktas could have the chance to sign Masuaku on a permanent basis in 2023 if he impresses.
He is joining a side that finished sixth in the Turkish Super Lig last season. As such, there will be no European football on offer, but he will be part of a club with big pedigree.
Besiktas are currently managed by former Barnsley and West Bromwich Albion boss Valerien Ismael. Their squad also features former Wolves defender Romain Saiss, ex-Burnley striker Wout Weghorst and Everton old boy Cenk Tosun.
Back in London, Aaron Cresswell will be waiting to see who his main competition will be for the left-back berth for West Ham. It will no longer be the DR Congo international Masuaku.
Arthur Masuaku unlikely to have West Ham future
It is likely that West Ham will have seen the back of Masuaku for good now. After six years of service, they have opted to move him on.
Whether he can settle in the Super Lig will be up to him to prove. But if West Ham are going to invest in his position, it is unlikely he will be back at the London Stadium.
Instead, he should focus on his loan stint ahead with Besiktas. All parties will be hoping that it can go well.
After using Masuaku sparingly last season, David Moyes will now hope to replace him with a better fit for his ideas.