BBC Sport understands Nigeria international defender Kenneth Omeruo is set to join Turkish SuperLig side Kasimpasa on a season-long loan deal from Premier League champions Chelsea.
Omeruo joined the Blues in 2012 and has yet to feature for the first team despite receiving praises from Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho and Middlesbrough’s Aitor Karanka.
The 21-year old Nigerian played for Middlesborough on loan in the English Championship last term along with other Chelsea youngsters, Patrick Bamford and Tomas Kalas. However, Kalas has returned to the Riverside stadium on loan again, while Bamford is said to have joined Crystal Palace in another loan move.
Meanwhile, Omeruo is now set to have a medical at Kasimpasa on Tuesday before signing a deal, which will include an option for the Turkish club to buy him at the end of the loan, the aforementioned source reveals.
Kasimpasa finished 13th in the Turkish SuperLig last season, and will not be playing in the Champions League. However, Omeruo will have the chance of testing himself against world-class strikers like Robin Van Persie of Fenerbahce and Galatasaray’s Lukas Podolski.
Despite being 22 years old now, the centre still look like his future is not at Chelsea, with Jose Mourinho pursuing Everton’s young defender, John Stones.
Veteran defender John Terry is 35 and may soon be calling time on his career, leaving a gap in the first-team squad at centre-back. Now that it seems Omeruo will likely to be called upon to fill the gap, a permanent move away from Stamford Bridge will benefit his career.
Since joining Chelsea from Belgian club Standard Liege, he has since become a regular for the Nigerian Super Eagles team, as well as making a mark at Middlesbrough during his loan adventure at the club.
The Super Eagle helped his country win the 2013 Africa Cup of Nations, and also featured in the FIFA World Cup the following year.
Meanwhile, latest reports have confirmed Chelsea will up the bid to sign John Stones to around £30 million, which the Toffees will likely accept.