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Turkish side 'agree deal' with Keane

ROY KEANE has been offered the chance to relaunch his stalled career in management in Istanbul by wealthy backers of Kasimpasa SK in Istanbul.

Keane is mulling over the possibility of taking over from Metin Diyadin who was shown the door after less than a year in charge and after winning promotion back to the Turkish Super Lig.

The Turkish club's vice-president Hasan Hilmi Oksuz is adamant that Keane will be in Istanbul today to finalise a deal.

"We reached an agreement with Keane," he said. "He will be in Istanbul today if nothing extraordinary happens. We will benefit from his experiences right into our vision. We believe he can lead this club to glorious results."


But there is still a big question mark over whether Keane is ready to uproot and move to Turkey, a notoriously volatile football environment.

Sacked by Ispwich in December 2008, Keane is desperate to get back into management and has been linked with several jobs, most recently Nottingham Forest and Blackburn.

If he chooses to go to Turkey he will follow in the footsteps of Graeme Souness.

In 1996, Souness almost caused a major riot when, as Galatasaray manager, he planted a flag in the centre circle after his side defeated their bitter derby rivals Fenerbah├že in the Turkish Cup.

Kasimpasa moved to within a point of league leaders Galatasary with a 2-0 win over Fenerbahce on Saturday.

Keane favours a quick return to management in England and is monitoring Giovanni Trapattoni's trials and tribulations with Ireland.