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Arsenal midfielder nears loan switch to Fenerbahce

Mesut Ozil is closing in on a January loan to Turkish side Fenerbahce, as the Arsenal midfielder looks to get his career back on track.

The former Germany international has had a torrid time of it so far this campaign, featuring very rarely for the Gunners under Unai Emery, while his performances under interim coach Freddie Ljungberg have flattered to deceive.

The 31-year-old has featured 11 times for the north London side in all competitions this season, scoring no goals and laying on two assists for his misfiring team-mates.

According to Turkish newspaper Fotomac, Fenerbahce are said to be ‘very close’ to reaching an agreement to bring Ozil to the club for the remainder of the season.

Former Liverpool and Spurs chief Damien Comolli is sporting director with the Turkish giants, and supposedly travelled to London this week to thrash out a deal.

There are said to be a few issues that need to be ironed out but, should those details be attended to, Ozil will join the 19-time Super Lig champions in a temporary switch.

A move to Turkey has been mooted in the past for Ozil. In 2015, his agent said of a possible move to Fenerbahce: ‘If he were to leave then Fenerbahce would be an option. At the end of the day it is a huge club and I think Ozil would say yes to an offer if it come down to it.’

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