Former Real Madrid midfielder Drenthe on verge of joining Erciyesspor [divider]
Reading midfielder Royston Drenthe has joined Erciyesspor according to Anadolu Agency.
The former Real Madrid player was closely linked with a move to China but Reading manager Steve Clarke revealed that the deal fell through.
“Royston and his advisors have backed away from a possible transfer to a team in another country,” Clarke was quoted as saying by SB Nation.
Erciyesspor are reported to have agreed a 1.5 year deal with the 27-year-old.
Drenthe was highly rated as a youth and won the 2007-8 La Liga title and 2008 Copa Del Rey with Real Madrid.
The Dutch midfielder also lifted UEFA European Under-21 Championship with the Netherlands and was named the Golden Player of the tournament.
Drenthe also represented the Netherlands at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.
The 27-year-old later joined Everton but has played Championship football for the last season at Reading and on loan at Sheffield Wednesday.
Drenthe had a total of two goals and one assist in 24 appearances for Reading since joining last summer.
Erciyesspor are currently in 15th place on 14 points are currently managed by Mehmet Özdilek.