Sukur to turn his back on Rovers
By Ugur Cakir & Graeme Bailey. Last Updated: January 1, 1970 1:00am
BLACKBURN ROVERS striker Hakan Sukur is ready to turn his back on English football and make a dramatic return to Turkey.
Sukur looked to be settling into life in England after grabbing his first two goals against Fulham earlier this month.
The Turkish legend had seen his chances limited at Ewood Park after a number of injuries kept him out of action for three months following his arrival from Parma in December.
Sukur only penned a deal until the end of this season and Rovers were confident of keeping the former Galatasaray star for a longer spell.
However, Sukur has now revealed that he is in talks with Fenerbahce and is considering a return to his homeland.
"I am not happy here," Sukur told The Hurriyet.
"I miss Turkey and I am now thinking over the offer from Fenerbahce.
"If a deal can be done then I will finish my career with Fenerbahce."
Fener could also hand Rovers another blow with the news that they are rivalling the Lancashire outfit for the signature of Dutch star Frank de Boer.
The Barca defender is leaving Camp Nou at the end of the season and has received an offer from Blackburn, but he is in talks with other clubs - including Fener, who are reportedly confident of landing him.
Fener could also mount a bid for an another English-based target - Paulo Wanchope.
The enigmatic Manchester City striker has missed the entire Premiership season with various injuries, the last being a dislocated shoulder in February.
He is now approaching full fitness again and Fener are believed to be keen on ending his English spell - which has seen him star for Derby and West Ham.
City are unlikely to demand a huge fee for Wanchope, who is unlikely to warrant a first team place with Robbie Fowler and Nicolas Anelka in his way.
Fener president Aziz Yildirm is desperate to bolster his side for next season after a terrible campaign this year - which sees them in sixth place.
Yildirm hopes the possible captures of Sukur, de Boer and Wanchope would show his fans how committed he is to bringing success back to the club.