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Manchester United defender agrees terms to join Besiktas

by Sam Peoples

Manchester United’s Alexander Buttner has agreed terms to join Besiktas on a season long loan deal according to Turkish Football.

The 24-year-old enjoyed a decent first season at United winning the Premier League but due to the return of Fabio from his loan spell at QPR, Buttner would struggle to get first team action next season.

Besiktas’ vice-president Ahmet Nur Cebi has confirmed that Buttner has agreed personal terms with the club and a move for the Dutch left-back looks imminent.

“Buttner is our primary transfer target,” Cebi said.

“We have agreed terms with the player, everything has been sorted. Manchester United have informed us that they would be prepared for Buttner to join us on a one-year loan.”

A loan deal for Buttner is the right thing to do for both the player and United. He has never threatened to oust Patrice Evra for the left back spot as the defensive side to his game is still extremely raw.

Spending a season in the Turkish league should help him progress in his hunt for inclusion in Holland’s first team but it would be a surprise if he returned to Old Trafford and became Evra’s long term successor at United.

For me, Buttner was always brought in to help improve Evra and the resurgence of the Frenchman proves that was a vindicated move but he doesn’t have the quality to make it as a United player.

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