Robin van Persie close to £4.7m Fenerbahce move
Manchester United offload Dutch striker and Nani to Turkish club in same week
Robin Van Persie joined Manchester United in 2012. Photograph: Martin Rickett/PA Wire.
Fenerbahce have reached an agreement with Manchester United over the transfer of Robin van Persie to the Turkish club for a fee of £4.7 million (€6.5m).
The Fenerbahce sporting director, Guiliano Terraneo, travelled to England to hold final talks with United this week and the Turkish club expect the move to be completed before the end of the week. Van Persie has been offered a three-year deal with an option for a further year.
Van Persie will replace Dirk Kuyt as the Yellow Canaries’ only Dutch player and the striker will become the the club’s highest paid player.
The Norfolk club want to add the 23-year-old Republic of Ireland wing-back to their squad after winning promotion back to the Premier League. Bruce, though, is not about to let the Canaries land one of Hull’s key men on the cheap, despite their own relegation from the top flight.
“Norwich have come in with bids for Robbie Brady, but I have to say they have been embarrassing,” Bruce said.
“Norwich came in two weeks ago with a bid of £2 million, £2.5 million and then £3 million.
Ridiculous “That’s ridiculous for someone who is 23, has played two years in the Premier League and has become a regular international.
“When we have just got almost twice that for Tom Ince [who joined Derby for £5 million]. It doesn’t make sense. We paid £2.75 million for Robbie and that was three years ago.
“Robbie Brady will not be going for anywhere near that. Norwich are nowhere near the figures we would even think about accepting at the moment.”
Club-record signing Ricky van Wolfswinkel could also be back in contention after reports in Portugal suggested a proposed move back to former club Sporting Lisbon fell through for the Holland forward, who spent last season on loan at St Etienne. Guardian Service