Milliyet, a major newspaper in Turkey, understands that Besiktas are in discussions to sign current Queens Park Rangers winger Junior Hoilett.
The Canadian international is out of contract at the end of the season and is highly likely to leave Loftus Road, considering he is one of the higher earners on the books at the club.
With less than six-months left on his deal, there is nothing to stop Hoilett agreeing a move elsewhere in time for next season. Fellow Canadian international Atiba Hutchinson, who also plays for Besiktas, is understood to have been acting as a ‘the middle man’ in terms of trying to persuade his compatriot to join his in the Turkish Super Lig.
Besiktas are currently clear at the top of the table, five points ahead of closest challengers Fenerbahce at the time of writing. With Champions League football an obvious lure, Hoilett may find it hard to turn down a move of this nature.
The Istanbul-based club, who are managed by former Turkish international goalkeeper Senol Günes, supposedly tried to sign Hoilett last summer but they couldn’t reach an agreement.
Jimmy Floyd Hasselbaink is already putting his thoughts across regarding player recruitment and moulding his squad ahead of a potential promotion push next season and retaining Hoilett, along with the likes of Rob Green, doesn’t appear to be very likely.
The former Blackburn man initially found himself out of favour earlier this season, but the change of management, especially when Neil Warnock returned in a caretaker capacity, led to him playing more football. So far he has scored six goals in 26 league appearances. Of the 22 matches he has started, he has been substituted in 18 of those games.