8 June 2010-Daniel Phan
Defender Ersan Gulum could be the next player to fly the Australian flag at Galatasaray after enjoying two solid seasons in the Turkish second division.
Reports in Turkey claim Gulum is closing in on a move to the Istanbul giants, where he would link-up with Socceroos captain Lucas Neill, star forward Harry Kewell and possibly Vincenzo Grella – who is reported to be exiting Blackburn Rovers for Ali Sami Yen Stadium.
Galatasaray is reportedly offering second division side Adanaspor $1.2 million for the former Australia U-23 international.
Gala manager Frank Rijkaard is said to have sent club officials to watch Gulum regularly last season and has been given the green light to move for the 23-year-old.
Sources close to the player revealed that other Super Lig clubs chasing his signature include Kayserispor, Genclerbirligi and Gaziantepspor.
Gulum, yet to have been called up for Australia at senior level, has a Turkish passport and is a speculated target for the Turkish national team – although the player had previously expressed a desire to wear the green and gold.
He was selected for the Turkish second division’s team of the year in 2009, and his performances for Adanaspor last term suggest he could be honoured again in 2010.
Adanaspor recently bowed out of the play-offs for promotion to the Super Lig after narrowly missing out on automatic promotion.