Video Evidence: Tottenham target Galatasaray playmaker Arda Turan

All Tottenham fans are delirious after finishing fourth in the Premier League and that finally they are within touching distance of their nearest and greatest rivals.

What will delight them further is news over the weekend that they have pipped Arsenal to the signature of Galatasaray’s 23 year old left winger, captain and star player Arda Turan.

The Tottenham target has been a one man club so far in his career, having joined the Turkish giants as a boy and progressed through the youth ranks. He was sent out on loan for a season to Manisaspor to gain some experience where he excelled, scoring two goals in 15 appearances.

He was recalled to Gala where he began to make inroads into the first team, although it took him a season and a half to establish himself as a regular. To date he has made 151 appearances and scored 31 goals. This season he has chalked up 40 appearances, netted seven goals and been responsible for 14 assists.

Turan plays predominantly on the left but is capable of playing on the right too. He is right footed and his pace and power catches the eye.

Although he stands at 5ft 8 inches he is difficult to knock off the ball. He scraps and fights defenders, his tenacity is outstanding.

He possesses excellent creativity, although he prefers to beat defenders with his acceleration and change of direction rather than utilising an array of tricks and stepovers.

The Turk seems to have complete mastery over the ball, he gets the vital nick to take him past defenders a split second before a defender arrives.

He has made his presence felt in the international sphere too. He has made 34 appearances and scored five goals for the national team. Turan was a vital cog in the Turkish team that so excited spectators in Euro 2008.

Tottenham fans should be thrilled if Harry Redknapp can seal the deal for Turan. He is an exciting player who has a big future in front of him and would be a superb addition to the Tottenham squad.

Galatasaray’s chairman Adnan Polat has confirmed that a secret contract with Spurs had already been agreed and the player will sign for Spurs in less then 12 days time. Tottenham fans should pray that nothing goes wrong.

Video evidence of Arda Turan can be seen here.