Feyenoord sign Turkish prodigy
By Gerrit van Leeuwen
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Feyenoord have landed a transfer coup by bringing in Nuri Sahin on loan.Feyenoord have landed a transfer coup by bringing Borussia Dortmund's Nuri Sahin to Holland on loan for the upcoming season.
The 18-year-old midfielder is one of the Bundesliga's finest talents and, as such, Feyenoord do not have an option to make the deal permanent at the end of the campaign.
Dortmund have allowed Sahin to leave the club temporarily as he has struggled for first team football in recent months, and the youngest ever Bundesliga player and goalscorer will now reunite with coach Bert van Marwijk in Holland.
Van Marwijk was the man who gave Sahin his chance in the Borussia first team at the age of just 16, with his shining talent attracting a bid of £2million from Arsenal in 2005.
Chelsea have also been linked with the German-born Turkey international in the past, but it is Feyenoord who will harness his star quality for the coming season, and Sahin hopes to impress in the Eredivisie.
"I think that this step is a good one for my development," Sahin told the club's official website. "My aim is to play as many minutes as possible."
The capture of Sahin is another clear statement of intent on the part of Feyenoord, who have also signed Giovanni van Bronckhorst and Roy Makaay as they aim to claim their first league title since 1999.