Medipol Basaksehir manager Abdullah Avci has confirmed the Turkish club are interested in signing Birmingham City’s Kerim Frei.

Avcı is quoted by BeinSportsTR as saying: “I wanted him before. I am the one who gives Kerim a chance in the national team. I like the player and we’ll need that type of player after the departure of Cengiz. As far as I’m aware our board members are working extremely hard to sign the player so we’ll see what happens.”

On Friday, Basaksehir president Goksel Gumusdag also confirmed the club’s intention to sign Birmingham’s Frei. He told the Turkish media they are in talks to sign the  player, but a deal has yet to be agreed.

It seems Birmingham manager Harry Redknapp is open to letting Frei move back to Turkey, and as it stands Medipol Basaksehir is currently his likeliest destination. The club this week sold Cengiz Under to AS Roma, and Frei would be seen as a like for like replacement.

The 23-year old Turkish international joined Birmingham City from Besiktas for €2.5m in the last window, but he’s failed to make an impact at the club, hence the possible quick exit.

Frei played 13 games for Birmingham City last season with 10 of these coming off the bench.