Arsenal Set to Battle With West Ham for £13m-Rated European No.15
Arsenal will go head-to-head with London rivals West Ham to sign Besiktas midfielder, Oguzhan Ozyakup, who is valued at around £13m.
The Gunners were reportedly in pole position to sign the Turkish international but Slaven Bilic is confident he can convince him to join the Hammers after working with him during his time managing Besiktas.
Tottenham have also expressed an interest in Ozyakup but it is believed the battle will mainly be between their two rivals.
The Black Eagles midfielder has only one year left on his deal but it is believed Besiktas are working on a five-year extension which could tempt the 24-year-old after lifting back-to-back league titles in Turkey.
However, a source close to Turkish Football says that the club would consider offers that meet their £13m valuation.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman is open to selling Ozyakup but only to the right club and his recent comments angered Leicester City fans.
“We will sell players if we receive the right offers,” he said. “We have not received the right offer yet for Oguzhan and as I have said before he will only join a club of the highest level club.
“I would not for example sell him to Leicester City. I want him to play at the highest level.”
Ozyakup – who scored five goals and recorded seven assists in the Super Lig last season – has said he is keen on a return to England having previously played for Arsenal.
The midfielder, who has become a star for the Black Eagles, said to beIN Sport Turkey: “I have plans to play in Europe.
“I was born in Holland and developed in England at the best academy in the world. I trained with the best and want to relive my time at Arsenal again.”