Text  Larger | Smaller | Default


Hammers keeping tabs on Besiktas star

Filed: Wednesday, 19th April 2017
By: Staff Writer

West Ham are one of FIFTEEN clubs said to have dispatched scouts to watch tomorrow's Europa League tie between Besiktas and Lyon.

And they'll all be there to watch Turkish international midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, who has been enjoying an excellent season in the Super Lig with the Black Eagles.

First linked with a move to West Ham back in 2015, when former Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic expressed interest in bringing both Ozyakup and team mate Gokhan Tore to England, the 24-year-old been has on the radar of several of Europe's top clubs.

And along with West Ham, scouts from clubs such as Atletico Madrid, Borussia Dortmund, Wolfsburg, Everton, Southampton and Anderlecht are expected to descend upon Istanbul's Vodafone Arena on Thursday evening to watch Besiktas attempt to turn around a 2-1 deficit from the first leg.

The Dutch-born Ozyakup started life at AZ Alkmaar's Academy before joining Arsenal's youth set-up in 2008 where he remained for four years, making just two first team appearances, before joining Besiktas.

Although he was already firmly established at Besiktas before Bilic became general manager in 2013, Ozyakup became a firm favourite of the Croatian manager's - who he subsequently referred to as "Turkey's most talented footballer" in an interview last year.

Related News

   arrow   Hammers keeping tabs on Besiktas star [19th Apr 2017]
   arrow   Sosa, so good [31st May 2016]
   arrow   Carroll, Valencia, McAvennie & Bilic: Friday's news [27th May 2016]
   arrow   Bilic linked with 'the Turkish Ozil' [26th May 2016]
   arrow   Bilic admits interest in Beskitas stars [9th Oct 2015]
   arrow   Little, Gold, Cole & Enner: Thursday's news [8th Oct 2015]

Your Comments

Please note that this section is for comments relating to the above news item only. Any off-topic or abusive posts will be removed. Posts including either links and/or foul language are automatically filtered and will not be published. To engage in further discussion on any of our news stories, visit the KUMB Forums.

Not a member of the KUMB Forums? You may register for free membership here.

comments powered by Disqus
News Image

On This Day ...

One Year Ago
Leaving in their droves: why thousands will not renew
A number of season ticket holders have been explaining why they will not be...more
Three Years Ago
The KUMB Awards - it's tonight!
The 2015 KUMB Awards winners will be unveiled live tonight at our annual awards event at The Cow, St...more
Five Years Ago
Olympic Stadium: another hurdle cleared
Planning permission has been granted for the E20 partnership's conversion plans for the Olympic Stad...more