Confirmed: Obraniak makes Turkey move despite claiming Sunderland & West Ham interest

Werder Bremen playmaker Ludovic Obraniak has signed for Caykur Rizespor despite alleged interest from Sunderland and West Ham.

Turkish side Caykur Rizespor have confirmed the arrival of Werder Bremen playmaker Ludovic Obraniak, with the Polish international agreeing a loan deal until the end of the season.

The 29-year-old only joined Werder Bremen from Bordeaux in last January's transfer window, but has left after just 12 months with the Bundesliga club.

With just 13 appearances and one goal to his name in Germany, it's little surprise to see Obraniak head to pastures new this month, and has chosen a shock move to Turkey.

Now linking up with ex-Newcastle striker Lomana Lua-Lua with Caykur Rizespor, Obraniak has chosen a surprise move - just months after he claimed interest from Sunderland and West Ham.

As reported by Sky Sports through an interview with German newspaper Bild back in September, Obraniak suggested that Sunderland and West Ham couldn't agree a deal for him in the summer transfer window.

"Sunderland and West Ham United had been in touch, but we could not find an agreement over a transfer," he said.

"I don't think that it is a problem to admit I want to move away (from Werder Bremen). This is not a mistake. It's just the way I am, it's my character. I like to point things out."

“My ambition is to play in Euro 2016 for Poland, therefore I need to play regular matches. It's just reasonable to move clubs because of that," he added.

Now he has the opportunity to play on a regular basis, but to go from Premier League interest to a team hovering about the relegation zone in the Turkish Premier League is something of a fall from grace for the former Lille star.

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