Tottenham hopes of signing Salomon Kalou have hit a roadblock after it emerged Turkish side Besiktas are prepared to rival them for the Chelsea star.
The Ivorian can leave Stamford Bridge on a free transfer when his contract expires in June and Spurs were confident they could convince him to make the switch from West London to North.
However, a delegation from Besiktas are understood to have held talks with Kalou’s representatives and are prepared to offer the attacker a lucrative deal to move to Istanbul.
A fresh start in Turkey may appeal to the 26-year-old who has failed to nail down a regular first team since he joined the Blues from Feyenoord in 2006.
Despite featuring heavily under interim boss Roberto Di Matteo he’s likely to be shoved further down the pecking order in what is set to be a summer of upheaval on Kings Road.
He may also view a move to Tottenham as being too much of a risk with Harry Redknapp’s future at White Hart Lane and that of several key players along far from certain.
Kalou certainly won’t be short of suitors once his current Chelsea deal runs out and may opt to bide his time and see who makes a play for his services.
Should he decide a move to Turkey he could be joined by Arsenal striker Nicklas Bentdner who is reportedly high on Besiktas’ shopping list with manager Tayfur Havutçu keen to bolster his attacking options.
Bendtner, currently on loan at Sunderland, turned down a move to the Süper Lig side in the summer declaring that he wanted to play in a more competitive league.
However his temporary stay at the Stadium of Light looks likely to be a short one with Black Cats boss Martin O’Neill unlikely to take up the option of signing the Danish striker permanently.
That will open the door for the Black Eagles to make swoop for the 24-year-old who is surplus to requirements at the Emirates Stadium.