Van der Vaart turns down Turks

Real Madrid midfielder Rafael van der Vaart has reportedly turned down the opportunity to join Turkish giants Besiktas, as the end of the summer transfer window edges nearer.

The Dutch international has made 32 league appearances - netting five times - since joining the Madridistas last summer.

However, following the expensive acquisitions of Kaka, Cristiano Ronaldo, Karim Benzema and Xabi Alonso, Real have been open to offers for Dutch sextuplet Van der Vaart, Wesley Sneijder, Arjen Robben, Roysten Drenthe. Ruud van Nistelrooy and Klaas-Jan Huntleaar.

Huntelaar has already departed for AC Milan, while Sneijder and Robben have recently agreed deals to join Inter Milan and Bayern Munich respectively.

A move also appears inevitable for 26-year-old Van der Vaart, after he was not handed a squad number ahead of the new season.

Hamburg, Ajax, Inter Milan, Chelsea, Tottenham Hotspur, Aston Villa, Liverpool and Arsenal have been linked with the midfielder, who has been capped 69 times by his country.

And, according to Marca, Istanbul outfit Besiktas are the latest side to express an interest, with the Turks thought to be willing to offer Van der Vaart €5 million-per-season.

But the player has snubbed the move, as he continues to hold out hope of a Premier League club rescuing him before the transfer window slams shut on Tuesday evening.