19 July 2010-SBS: Daniel Phan
Ex-Olyroos defender Ersan Gulum is on the verge of inking a 12-month loan deal with Turkish heavyweight Besiktas, the player’s manager told The World Game.
The Istanbul club will have the option to sign the stopper permanently should he impress coach Bernd Schuster, who is believed to have promised the player a big role in the first team for the upcoming season.
The 23-year-old is expected to be heading in to camp early next week where he will link-up with team-mates including Ricardo Quaresma, Nihat Kahveci, Rodrigo Tabata and Ibrahim Toraman.
Gulum has been a revelation since moving to second-tier side Adanaspor in 2008, earning plaudits from the media and fans of the coastal club alike.
The former Australian schoolboy representative, who was routinely snubbed by recently-departed Socceroos coach Pim Verbeek and is yet to win his first senior cap for Australia, was a speculated target for Galatasaray, with the club having reportedly offered $1.2 million.
Besiktas is also close to securing Real Madrid playmaker, Guti.
The Spaniard has been eager to depart his childhood club following the Jose Mourinho’s appointment, with the Portuguese coach reportedly telling reporters that the midfielder has no place in his plans.
Having finished a disappointing fourth last season, the Black Eagles will be looking to reclaim the Superlig title and secure UEFA Champions League football, thus explaining its active dealings in the transfer window.