Everton defender Lucas Neill has revealed he is close to signing for Galatasaray.
The Turkish club have claimed they have completed an 18-month deal for the 31-year-old Australia international, who only joined the Toffees last September.
Everton have confirmed Neill will join Galatasaray after this weekend's
fixture with Manchester City.
Neill is excited at the prospect of linking up with Galatasaray.
"I think I'll be joining up and I'm looking forward to joining my new team-mates on Sunday," Neill told Sky Sports News.
"I'm now delighted I'll be joining a massive European club with great ambitions for the season.
"It'll be a wonderful new challenge for me. I'm absolutely delighted a club like Galatasaray will be my next team."
Neill, who has made 12 league and two cup appearances for David Moyes' side, admits the move has come as a surprise.
"I was very shocked," added Neill. "I didn't instigate any kind of move from Everton but once I found out the two clubs were in negotiations it became clear I had to look after myself and my family."
Neill was keen to stress he was leaving Everton on good terms.
"I've loved it from the moment I got there. The club have been so welcoming and the guys in the changing room have been amazing," noted Neill.
"To everybody at Everton, I'll thank every single one of them. My time there has been magnificent and I'll wish them the very best for the season.
"There is no ill feeling whatsoever and let's hope Everton have a fantastic second half of the season."