Goal can reveal that unsettled Zimbabwe international defender Onismor Bhasera is expected to sign for the Turkish Super Lig side this week
The 27-year-old's contract with English League Two outfit Plymouth Argyle expired last month and he declined a new deal that had reduced wages.
Having failed to report for Plymouth’s pre-season which began last week, Bhasera left Zimbabwe on Wednesday to join Elazığspor who are beginning their new-season preparations in England.
He will train with the Turkish club in England while talks of a possible deal would be ongoing. They head to Holland on 10 June for another leg of their pre-season.
Bhasera’s agent Ralph Nkomo told Goal that the Elazığ-based club are keen on the player who had previously also represented Kaizer Chiefs.
“I have dealt with Elazığspor’s new manager (Trond Sollied) before, and he phoned me asking if I have a left-back. Obviously the first on my list is Onismor and he liked what he saw on DVDs of the player I sent him,” Nkomo told Goal.
“I am sure a deal would be tied by the end of this week. We have made or own assessments and concluded that it would be a good move for him to join Elazığspor.”
Bhasera has been linked with Belgian Jupiler Pro League sides Cercle Brugge, OH Leuven as well as newly promoted KV Oostende. An unnamed English Championship club is also interested in him.
On Tuesday, Plymouth Argyle manager John Sheridan told BBC Radio Devon that he will not continue chasing after Bhasera whom he was desperate to retain last month.
“I’ve got to be looking at bringing someone else in now,” Sheridan said.
“I’m not going to chase a player around the world when there's one on the doorstep who can do a job for us. We’ve made him a very good offer, we like him, the fans like him and he's done well for us. But the problem is getting hold of him and finding his whereabouts.”
Bhasera was last season named Plymouth Argyle’s best player after having joined the club in 2010.