Over the course of the summer transfer window, it has been claimed that Championship pair Leeds United and Middlesbrough were interested in Fenerbahce striker Michael Frey, who is set to make a move away from the Turkish club this summer.

However, now, it has been reported by Turkish outlet A Spor that Fenerbahce striker Michael Frey is set to make a loan move to fellow Turkish side Caykur Rizespor, with a move apparently imminent.

After an underwhelming first season with Fenerbahce, a number of clubs were credited with interest in Frey. Championship pair Leeds United and Middlesbrough were alongside the likes of Belgian duo Anderlecht and Genk in keeping a close eye on the Swiss striker’s situation at Fenerbahce.

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But, it is Caykur Rizespor where Frey is reportedly set to play his football next season, with his parent club paying 50% of his wages.

Frey only managed to score five goals in 25 games across all competitions last season, playing just 14 games in the Turkish Super Lig. The 24-year-old struggled to find form and nail down a place in the club’s starting eleven owing to consistent injury problems, including a groin injury and torn ligaments.

Despite his difficult first season with Fenerbahce, Frey managed to score two goals and provide one assist in five Europa League group games and has previously shown he can be a dangerous striker. During his only season with FC Zurich, Frey netted 16 goals and laid on six assists in 39 games, also enjoying two successful spells with BSC Young Boys.

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The Swiss striker scored 24 goals and provided 14 assists in his first stint with Young Boys after coming through the club’s youth academy, scoring 13 goals after his return to the club in the 2016/17 season.

Now, if Leeds and Boro want to bring in a striker before the new season, they will have to set their sights elsewhere with Frey’s move imminent.


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