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Neill close to Galatasaray move

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Everton defender Lucas Neill has revealed he is close to signing for Galatasaray.

The Turkish club claimed they had completed an 18-month deal for the 31-year-old Australia international on Thursday morning, who only joined the Toffees last September. That may have been premature but Neill admits he is likely to be a Galatasaray player before next week.

Neill told Sky Sports News: "I think I'll be joining up and I'm looking forward to joining my new team-mates on Sunday."

He added: "I'm now delighted I'll be joining a massive European club with great ambitions for the season.

"It'll be a wonderful new challenge for me. I'm absolutely delighted a club like Galatasaray will be my next team."

Neill arrived at Goodison Park as a free agent following the expiry of his contract with West Ham at the end of last season.

Galatasaray are thought to have tabled a bid in the region of £750,000 and Everton, despite numerous defensive injuries this season, appear to have considered the deal good business.

Neill, who has made 12 league and two cup appearances for David Moyes' side, admits the move has come as a surprise.

"I was very shocked," he said. "I didn't instigate any kind of move from Everton but once I found out the two clubs were in negotiations it became clear I had to look after myself and my family."

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