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Van Persie 'agrees' move to Fenerbahce

SoccerBy Kevin Palmer
Van Persie on his way to Turkey?
Van Persie on his way to Turkey?

Robin van Persie's days at Manchester United may be about to come to an end after a source close to Turkish side Fenerbahce claimed they were on the brink of signing the Dutch striker.

Van Persie had previously hinted that he was not interested in a move to Turkey and was keen to remain at United and battle for his first team place, but that stance may have changed in recent days.

Van Persie’s agent Kees Vos is believed to have been in Istanbul for the past two days negotiating with the Turkish club, but a fee has yet to be agreed with United for the 31-year-old striker.

Former Liverpool striker Dirk Kuyt is believed to have played a role in persuading Van Persie to make the move, after he enjoyed a successful spell at Fenerbahce after leaving Anfield in 2012.

United boss Louis van Gaal is believed to have told Van Persie that he will not be a first team regular in what he hopes will be a revamped forward line next season, even though Old Trafford transfer chief Ed Woodward has struggled to get deals over the line so far this summer.

Van Persie's removal from the Old Trafford wage bill would free up additional funds and hasten United's need to sign strikers after the club opted not to extend Radamel Falcao's stay at the club after an unsuccessful loan spell from Monaco.