Halil Dervisoglu has left Brentford to join Galatasaray on a permanent deal for an undisclosed fee.
Dervisoglu joined the Bees from Dutch side Sparta Rotterdam in January 2020. He made 12 appearances for Brentford, with his only goal coming in an Emirates FA Cup tie against Middlesbrough in January 2021.
Phil Giles, Brentford director of football, said: “I’m sure that Halil will be disappointed that he leaves us having not played for Brentford anywhere near as much as he would have wanted. However, he has spent some time at Galatasaray already, is a Turkish international, and now has the chance to kick on with his career at a very big club. Everyone at Brentford wishes him every success in the future.”
Much of Dervisoglu’s three-and-a-half years at Brentford was spent out on loan, including two productive spells with his new employers Galatasaray, which saw him score seven goals in 40 Super Lig appearances.
The striker also had temporary stays with FC Twente and Burnley, playing nine times as the Clarets won promotion to the Premier League last season.
Of Dervisoglu’s 12 Brentford appearances, seven came towards the end of the 2019/20 campaign, including the Sky Bet Championship play-off final defeat to Fulham.
After four further cup outings over the following two seasons, Dervisoglu made his Premier League debut as a substitute during a 2-2 draw at Leicester City to open the 2022/23 campaign.
Dervisoglu departs as the club’s leading international goalscorer of all time with six international goals in 15 outings for Turkey.