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Daniel Sturridge signs for Trabzonspor

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Free agent Daniel Sturridge has signed a three-year contract with Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Sturridge, 29, has been out of contract since leaving Liverpool at the end of last season after seven years at Anfield.

Trabzonspor announced his signing on Wednesday, with Sturridge signing a three-year contract for wages reportedly worth up to $3.2 million per season, including bonuses.

Several clubs across the globe were interested in signing Sturridge, who has struggled for playing time over the last few seasons.

The England international has made just 73 PL appearances over the past five seasons, with several injuries curtailing his progress, plus the emergence of Sadio Mane, Mohamed Salah and Roberto Firmino not helping his cause. He did pop up and scored a crucial goal at Chelsea last season, but he scored just four times in 27 appearances, most of which were cameo displays off the bench.

During his time at Liverpool he ended up winning the UEFA Champions League trophy, as he played in seven UCL games last season but didn’t feature in the final against Tottenham Hotspur.

There will always be a feeling of ‘what might have been?’ for Sturridge at Liverpool, as he never managed to replicated his incredible 2013-14 campaign alongside Luis Suarez. He scored 21 goals in 29 appearances that season but has since struggled for form and fitness and he never really suited Jurgen Klopp‘s style of play.

It will be interesting to see how he fares in Turkey, and it is also intriguing that he decided against joining one of the giants of Istanbul in Besiktas, Galatasaray or Fenerbache. Sturridge reportedly had offers in Spain, the Middle East and from MLS, but it was clear that plenty of PL clubs were put off by his injury issues and the fact that in July he was handed a six week ban (four of which were suspended) for breaching the FA’s betting rules.

Trabzonspor are currently in the UEFA Europa League playoff round, where they face AEK Athens over two legs for a place in the group stage this season. The Turkish Super Lig season started last weekend, as they drew 1-1 at Kasimpasa. Former Chelsea star John Obi Mikel plays in midfield for the Turkish side, while Crystal Palace’s Alexander Sorloth is on loan and will battle for minutes with Sturridge up top.

Fabian Castillo completes permanent move to Trabzonspor

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There was a noticeable difference before and after Fabian Castillo left FC Dallas in 2016, and now the club must prepare fully for life after the attacker.

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On Friday, the MLS side announced Castillo has been sold to Turkish side Trabzonspor after being loaned to the club back in August.

The 24-year-old has yet to score a goal in his time in Turkey’s first division, although he has posted one assist in 14 matches.

During his time in MLS, Castillo notched 34 goals for FC Dallas in over 150 appearances for the Western Conference side. The Colombian also played a part in three playoff runs with Dallas.

Report: Trabzonspor interested in move for DeAndre Yedlin

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He enjoyed a good amount of success in Sunderland’s Premier League survival a season ago, but now, DeAndre Yedlin is looking for playing time yet again in 2016/17.

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While the Black Cats are reportedly still in the mix to acquire the U.S. Men’s National Team defender, Turkish side Trabzonspor is now said to be interested in signing the 23-year-old.

The report simply states that there is interest in Yedlin, however, no formal offer has been made to Tottenham at this time.

Trabzonspor recently signed a loan deal with FC Dallas attacker Fabian Castillo, with the Turkish club having an option to buy the player at the end of his spell.

Yedlin was recently linked with moves to newly-promoted PL side Hull City and Derby County of the Championship, with a reported $4.5 million to be on table for the young wing back.

Trabzonspor reveals Fabian Castillo loan from FC Dallas

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In what has proven to be a whirlwind few weeks for Fabian Castillo and FC Dallas, the promising attacker could very well be headed to Turkey after all.

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Turkish side Trabzonspor has announced a loan deal with an option to buy for the 14-year-old winger after recent reports suggested a tiring back-and-forth between Dallas and the the club from Turkey.

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FC Dallas has yet to confirm the transaction, but given Castillo’s desire to leave the club it seems very likely that he won’t return to the current Western Conference leaders.

On Thursday, Sports Illustrated reported Castillo’s loan move for the remainder of 2016 to be $3 million. Trabzonspor would then have to complete the payment in January or else Castillo would be free to move back to FC Dallas.

Report: FC Dallas superstar Castillo off to Turkey

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FC Dallas’ hopes of winning MLS Cup are about to take a major hit.

Colombian attacker Fabian Castillo is ready to further his career beyond Major League Soccer, according to Goal.com, and is on the verge of a $3-4 million switch to Turkish side Trabzonspor.

Thrice capped for his national team, Castillo has been dynamite for Dallas. He has five goals and five assists in 22 appearances this season, and scored a combined 19 goals in the previous two seasons.

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Trabzonspor finished 12th in last year’s Turkish Super Lig. But they represented the league as its UEFA Champions League contender as recently as 2011-12, after finishing second in the league (Fenerbahce was banned from the UCL for corruption). Karadeniz Fırtınası is the 59th ranked team in UEFA.

FC Dallas manager Oscar Pareja is a strong manager, but it will take everything he has to keep the club atop the Western Conference. With stingy Colorado on the docket today, let’s see if Castillo is in the lineup.