It could be Turkey after Christmas for David Ngog
7:00am Wednesday 18th December 2013 in Sport
DAVID Ngog could be on his way out of the Reebok with reports in Turkey claiming Bursaspor are lining up a £1million January move.
The French striker – out of contract next summer – had his heart set on a return to the Premier League but is now thought to be investigating other options abroad.
Ngog became Owen Coyle’s most costly purchase when he arrived from Liverpool in the summer of 2011 but has struggled to produce goals on a regular basis for the Whites.
Bursaspor are currently ninth in the Turkish top flight and boast ex-Wanderers loanee Tuncay, who is thought to have recommended the 24-year-old to his coach Christoph Daum.
Although there has been no confirmation from the Reebok, reports from Turkey claim he could speak with Bursaspor later this week.
Dougie Freedman rates the striker highly but it is thought he could be cajoled into a deal next month in order to bring in a few fresh faces to his squad and put his chase for the play-offs back on track.
Ngog is one of the highest earners on the club’s books but has managed just one goal in 14 appearances this season. In all, his return over two-and-a-half seasons has been a miserly 13 goals from 87 appearances, 27 of which have come from the substitute’s bench.
He turned out for the development squad on Monday night in a 5-0 hammering at the hands of Chelsea but has not started for the Whites since November 2 at Bournemouth.
Ngog has come close to leaving the Reebok on a handful of occasions in the past, with Wanderers turning down a loan deal from Fulham last January which could have led to a permanent deal.
Ukranian giants Dynamo Kiev also voiced an interest at the close of their transfer window in February but the player was not keen on the move.
Ngog seemingly stoked up talk of his exit in the summer when he was quoted in the French press as saying he would relish a return to French football – comments his camp later denied.
He said in L’Equipe: “I have a contract until 2014 with Bolton. If there is an opportunity for them to cash in on me and for me to play at the top level again, it will be fantastic.
“To return in France in Ligue 1 could be fantastic for me and my career. I have enjoyed my time in England so far and I can deliver at the top level.”