Fenerbahce sign Ghanaian defender Alexander Djiku

Turkish Süper Lig outfit Fenerbahçe has announced the signing of Ghana international centre-back Alexander Djiku (28) on a free transfer.

The former SC Bastia and Caen defender was a free agent following the expiry of his contract with RC Strasbourg Alsace.

The BlueCo-owned Ligue 1 side was hoping to find an agreement with their captain over an extension. However, the centre-back wanted to move abroad after a four-year stay in Strasbourg.

Djiku played 31 Ligue 1 games this past season with the Alsatians. Given his contract situation, the Ghana international attracted interest from all of Europe.

The 28-year-old was reportedly followed by Premier League side Nottingham Forest and La Liga outfit Villarreal.

Djiku has signed a three-year deal with the Istanbul-based side. His contract includes a one-year extension.

According to L’Équipe, the Ghana international favoured a move to Istanbul partly for family reasons.

Following Djiku’s departure, Strasbourg may go up a gear in their pursuit of promising centre-back Abakar Sylla.

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