Manchester United Defender On The Verge of Sealing Season-Long Loan Move to Join Besiktas

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Dutchman had been expected to join Benfica, only for the move to fall through. 

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Turkish giants Besiktas are hoping to complete the season-long loan capture of Manchester United defender Alexander Buttner by the end of this week, according to reports in the Daily Mail.

The Netherlands Under-21 international had been expected to join Portuguese outfit Benfica this season, only for the Lisbon side to pull out of a deal for the 24-year-old at the very last minute.

However, the Premier League champions are still said to be wanting to ship the left back out of Old Trafford this summer as new head coach David Moyes continues to chase a move for Everton full-back Leighton Baines, with the Scot also understood to be happy to keep hold of experienced France international Patrice Evra at the club this season.

And that means that Buttner will now move to Istanbul on loan for the entire 2013/14 campaign in order to gain valuable game time with his agent, Aleksander Bursac, confirming to Renascenca Radio: “During the [friendly] match against Sevilla in the past weekend, interest was expressed.

“He put in a good performance. There was interest from Benfica to sign a defender, but that news is already history.

“Two days later, Benfica confirmed to me that they would keep the two left-backs [Melgarejo & Cortez] that they have left the squad.

“I am currently negotiating with Besiktas, but with Benfica? No. Benfica showed interest and then gave up.”

Buttner was brought to the north west by previous United boss Sir Alex Ferguson on a five-year deal last August from Eredivisie outfit Vitesse Arnhem, with the attacking left back making 13 appearances for the Red Devils in total in all competitions last season, during which time he managed to find the back of the net on two occasions, both of which came in the Premier League.

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