DIOUF TEMPTED BY TURKEY

Turkish side Konyaspor have made a £3 million bid to sign Blackburn Rovers striker El Hadji Diouf.

Diouf has been told he can leave Ewood Park by new manager Steve Kean and the Senegal international was linked with a move to Premier League strugglers West Ham United earlier in the transfer window.

That deal never materialised but Kayserispor are willing to stump up the asking price and have offered the former Liverpool forward an escape route.

"Konyaspor have made a bid to Blackburn for El Hadji," Diouf's representative Willie McKay told the Daily Mail. "There has been a lot of interest in El Hadji in England and across Europe as Blackburn have indicated they would be willing to let him move on for a minimal fee.

"El Hadji's first preference would be to stay in England, but he is seriously considering the offer from Konyaspor.

"El Hadji would be a top signing for someone in this transfer window as he has played at the highest level for club and country and he is player who not only scores goals, but creates a lot of goals as well."

FENER SMASH TRABZONSPOR

A superior display and a two-goal victory over Trabzonspor gives Fenerbahçe a lifeline as the Spor Toto Super League title race seems wide open again. The Yellow Canaries defeat the league leader to end its 14-game unbeaten streak and come one step closer to the top of the league. Trabzonspor, Bursaspor and Fenerbahçe rank within a four-point distance, while a beaten Beşiktaş misses out on the chance to climb higher.

Fenerbahçe ended Trabzonspor’s unbeaten streak and came one step closer to the top of the Spor Toto Super League with a huge victory on Sunday.

The Yellow Canaries beat Trabzonspor 2-0 in the weekend’s big game, ending the league leader’s 14-game unbeaten streak.

TURKEY PAIR CONFIDENT IN OZ

Galatasaray teammates Lucas Neill and Harry Kewell both feel that Australian football is in a good position despite the weekend’s heartbreaking Asian Cup final loss to Japan.

32-year old skipper Neill says he will continue playing for the national team as long as his body allows him and feels the devastating manner of the loss will urge the players involved to come back with a steely resolve.

"My future is simple - if my body keeps feeling the way it does I keep playing until someone doesn't pick me in the squad," Neill said.

"As long the young guys take the hurt from this day and turn it into a positive, I'm sure the future's bright."

And Kewell, also 32, who returned to his best during the tournament, says that the squad were looking to move on with positivity from the defeat.

"Everyone is keen to keep playing," he said.

BURSASPOR SIGN ALTIDORE

Turkish champions Bursaspor have signed USA and Villarreal striker Jozy Altidore on loan until the end of the season.

Bursa snapped up Rangers striker Kenny Miller earlier in the window, and have now added the former Hull City man to their ranks, as they look to win a second consecutive Super Lig title.

Altidore has already gained 32 official caps for the USA at just 21 years old, and has long been regarded as the next big thing for the national side, though he has been less impressive in Spain.

Altidore joins a long list of big names to move to Turkey in the window, along with Simao, Miller and Hugo Almeida to name a few, as the Turkish league appears to be gaining momentum to establish itself as a major power in Europe.

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