Last Updated: Wed, 21 Aug 2013 08:29
Manchester United left-back Alexander Buttner's agent has confirmed that he is in talks with Turkish side Besiktas about a loan move.
Dutch newspaper De Telegraaf reported earlier this month that Besiktas were leading the race to sign the Netherlands Under-21 international on a season-long loan swoop.
However it was then claimed that Portuguese giants Benfica were the side that looked set to win the race to take the 24-year-old from Old Trafford.
But the player's agent, Aleksander Bursac, has now confirmed that they are no longer interested and the way is clear for Besiktas to take Buttner should he get the green light to leave by Red Devils boss David Moyes.
He told Portuguese radio station, Renascenca Radio: "There was interest from Benfica to sign a defender, but that news is already history.
"Two days later, Benfica confirmed to me that they would keep the two left-backs [Melgarejo & Cortez] that they have left the squad. I am currently negotiating with Besiktas, but with Benfica? No. Benfica showed interest and then gave up."
Buttner only moved to United last summer from Dutch club Vitesse Arnhem with former boss Sir Alex Ferguson seemingly looking to him as a long-term replacement for Patrice Evra after handing him a five-year deal.
However, Buttner would slip further down the pecking order if with Moyes secures the signature of Leighton Baines from his former club Everton. And, with him looking to break into the Dutch squad ahead of next summer's World Cup finals in Brazil, a move to gain regular first-team football will be top of his agenda before the transfer window closes on September 2.
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