Borussia Dortmund midfielder Shinji Kagawa has travelled to Istanbul, Turkey ahead of completing his move to Besiktas.
Sources close to the Black Eagles revealed to Turkish-Football that Kagawa will officially put pen-to-paper after undergoing a medical.
Kagawa is currently in Turkey and will be unveiled in a signing ceremony shortly.
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The Japan international will join on a loan until the end of the season for a €1.1m fee and will replace Tolgay Arslan who joined Fenerbahce yesterday.
Besiktas have made strengthening the midfield a priority over the winter transfer window but the Kagawa deal also has a commercial angle.
The Istanbul based outfit have been targeting the Japanese market and recently signed a sponsorship deal with the newspaper group Mainichi.
Additionally, the Besiktas basketball team is also sponsored by the Japan Sompo insurance company.
The Black Eagles have a growing interest in the region and hope the latest transfer will help develop relations further.
Kagawa joins Burak Yilmaz, Nicolas Isimat-Mirin and Muhayer Oktay as the fourth January transfer.
The 29-year-old struggled for playing time at Dortmund this season making just five appearances in all competitions.