Miller flies to Turkey to complete Bursaspor switch
Rangers and Bursaspor are close to agreeing a fee which will see the striker move to Turkey with immediate effect.
Kenny Miller flew to Turkey on Wednesday as he moves closer to securing a move to Super Lig club Bursaspor. The Rangers striker has already agreed terms in principle with the Green Crocodiles, turning down a possible move to Birmingham City in the process.
Rangers and Bursaspor are in talks over a fee for Miller, which would allow him to leave Glasgow in the January transfer window. Although an agreement is yet to be reached, STV understands the Ibrox club are resigned to receiving significantly less than the figure accepted from Birmingham last week.
The English Premier League club’s offer, which would have risen to approximately £1.1 million, appeared for a short spell to be the 23-goal striker’s preferred option, after interest from Fiorentina cooled.
But Bursaspor, who Miller scored against in the last group stage match of this season’s Champions League, stepped in to offer the Scotland international a two-and-a-half year deal which will reportedly see him earn £50,000 a week.
Rangers confirmed through their official website on Tuesday night that Miller was on the verge of moving to Turkey, after he was withdrawn late from the squad to play Inverness.
Miller is out of contract at the end of the season and, despite contributing 22 goals at club level this campaign, will be allowed to leave for money rather than on a free in the summer.
Birmingham City expressed their disappointment at losing out on Miller in a statement on Tuesday night, saying the player had thought long and hard about a possible return to England before deciding upon a move abroad.
“Kenny Miller will not be joining Blues after the player's representatives informed the club that he has accepted an irresistible offer from Turkish champions Bursaspor,” the statement read.
“The club pulled out all the stops in an attempt to bring the Scotland international striker, who attracted offers from several top European clubs, to St. Andrew's.
“However the offer from Bursaspor proved to be too good for Miller to turn down and the 31-year-old has now decided to undertake the next chapter of his career in the Turkish Super Lig.
“The Glasgow Rangers man was said to have been torn over the last seven days as he considered his future and the decision to turn down the chance to link up with Alex McLeish again came as a very difficult one.
“Despite this unavoidable set back, Blues fans can rest assured that the Board and management team are continuing in their efforts to further complement the playing squad.”
KENNY MILLER ON VERGE OF LEAVING RANGERS