Spurs to beat Liverpool in race for Turkish star

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Spurs have reportedly beaten Liverpool to the signing of Turkish winger Arda Turan.

According to Turkish radio station Radyospor, Tottenham Hotspur have agreed a deal in principal with Galatasaray to bring the left sided midfielder to White Hart Lane, with Liverpool missing out on their long-time target.

The station reports that Harry Redknapp will part with €5 million plus Giovanni Dos Santos for the enigmatic Turan, who has 34 caps for Turkey at the age of just 23.

A product of the youth system at Gala, Turan joined the Istanbul club at the age of 12. He made his senior debut in 2004, and after a season on loan at Manisapor returned to Galatasaray to take a staring role for his boyhood club.

At international level, Turan represented his country at every age group between U16 and U21 before making his senior debut against Luxembourg in 2006. He was also influential in the side's Euro 2008 campaign, when Turkey made it to the last four of the major competition.

The Süper Lig star has been on the radar at Anfield for several years, with Rafael Benitez believed to have sent scouts to monitor the player on more than one occasion.

However, the reports from Turkey would signal a real transfer coup for Redknapp as he looks to build a squad capable of challenging in the Champions League next season.

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