Bursaspor Land Fulham Youngster Kerim Frei

Turkish international heads home.

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Turkish side Bursaspor have signed young Fulham midfielder Kerim Frei for a reported fee of £2.5m, beating Besiktas to his signature in the process, the Daily Mail reports.

Galatasaray had apparently also shown an interest in landing his signature, but Bursaspor acted the quickest and managed to utilise the Turkish transfer window’s extended deadline to bring the 19-year-old on board.

Bursaspor have agreed a £2.5m fee with the Cottagers and Frei is expected to sign a four-year contract before Friday’s deadline.

Frei arrived at Craven Cottage in 2011 having previously come through the youth set up at Grasshopper Zurich. He made a total of 25 appearances in his debut season with the club, scoring one goal, but he couldn’t replicate the same sort of form last term and made just seven starts before being shipped out on loan to Cardiff City to aide their promotion push.

Born in Austria, he was raised in Switzerland, whom he represented at various youth international levels before switching allegiances to Turkey last year. He has already gone on to win four full caps with the national side, but this summer was called up into the under-20 squad that hosted the Under-20 European Championships.

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