AC Milan reached a deal with Real Madrid to sign striker Klaas-Jan Huntelaar, ending the player's unhappy eight-month spell with the Spanish club.
|Klaas Jan Huntelaar enjoyed only fleeting moments while with Real Madrid [GALLO/GETTY]
The Dutch forward arrived in Milan to sign his new contract, and the club said he would have his medical exam on Friday.
"We have a deal with Real Madrid,'' Milan vice president Adriano Galliani told Italy's Sky Sport 24 TV channel.
"All that's missing is the player's medical exams and the economic agreement with the player.''
AC Milan and the city of Milan "hold a special place for us Dutch,'' said Huntelaar after he arrived at Malpensa airport.
"I know Marco Van Basten. He was my trainer at Ajax as well as for the national team,'' Huntelaar said, referring to the former Netherlands striker who spent much of his career with Milan in the late 1980s and early 90s.
"I really want to train and to begin a real adventure,'' Huntelaar said.
Details yet to be revealed
Galliani did not disclose details of the deal with Madrid, saying only that Huntelaar would not be on loan but would transfer permanently to Milan.
Madrid also confirmed Huntelaar's transfer on their website.
Spanish sports daily Marca had reported Thursday that Milan was prepared to pay between $21.6 million and $26 million for Huntelaar in a deal welcomed by Madrid, which is keen to offload players before the start of the season.
Madrid has spent $365 million on eight players including Cristiano Ronaldo and Kaka since Florentino Perez returned to the club presidency in June
So far, the club has raised a reported $21.6 million through the sales of Javier Saviola and Javi Garcia to Benfica and Daniel Parejo to Getafe.
Expected to follow Huntelaar out of Madrid is his compatriot Rafael van der Vaart.
There are doubts over the futures of three more Dutchmen, Ruud van Nistelrooy, Arjen Robben and Wesley Sneijder, together with Mali's Mahamadou Diarra.
Huntelaar, who turns 26 next week, made only 13 first-team starts after joining Madrid from Ajax for $28.8 million in December when Ramon Calderon was the Spanish club's president.
However, a miscalculation by Madrid meant Huntelaar was ineligible to play in the second stage of the Champions League.
Madrid was unaware that clubs could only field one new player who had played in European competition earlier in the season. Midfielder Lassana Diarra, the team's other transfer window signing, was picked instead.
Madrid recently agreed to transfer Huntelaar to Stuttgart for a reported fee of $26 million but the Netherlands' striker rejected the move and the deal collapsed.
Bassong exits Newcastle
Meanwhile, English Premier League club Tottenham has reached a deal to sign Newcastle defender Sebastien Bassong.
Spurs confirmed the signing on its website, but did not disclose financial details.
The 23-year-old French defender was one of the few Newcastle players to stand out as it was relegated last season.
He is set to leave just two days before the Magpies play their first match in the second-tier League Championship.