Eyes on Ozan?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Tuesday, 11th June 2019

West Ham have been linked with a string of Turkish or Turkish-based players during the current transfer window.

Therefore it'll probably be no surprise to learn that the latest link regards yet another player from the land of the Bosphorus Strait and the Hagia Sophia.

For according to The Guardian's Ed Aarons, VfB Stuttgart's teenage defender Ozan Kabak is being pursued by West Ham as the club seeks to strengthen ahead of the 2019/20 season.

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At just 19, Kabak is almost certainly one for the future - but the Hammers are said to be facing stiff competition from a string of German clubs for a player whose contract reported to contain a minimum release clause of ?13.2million.

Contacted to Stuttgart until 2024, Kabak was born in Ankara and first emerged through the Academy ranks at Galatasary - where he made his professional debut in May 2018 - before sealing a move to Germany in January of this year.

A former Turkish Under 17 captain, centre-back Kabak has represented his country at all levels from Under 15 to Under 18. He has also been linked with fellow Premier League clubs such as Arsenal and Manchester United.

* Unsubstantiated rumours from Spain suggest that West Ham have reached agreement with Villareal over the transfer of attacking midfielder Pablo Fornals.

According to reports from the mainland, West Ham have agreed to pay EUR27million for the 23-year-old - six months after having an initial approach rejected, at a time when El Submarino Amarillo were holding out for EUR33million.

Villareal, who finished 14th in La Liga last season are said to be undertaking a huge cost-cuttiung exercise having failed to qualify for Europe.

* West Ham's pursuit of Turkish full back Hasan Ali is close to reaching a conclusion, according to reports.

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The 29-year-old Fenerbahce captain will cost the Hammers EUR5m euros and is set for talks with representatives of the club later this week, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik.

His arrival would allow Arthur Masuaku to feature in a more attacking role, where he is considered by many to be better suited, and provide a challenge for Aaron Cresswell as first choice left back.

* Eibar central midfielder Joan Jordan is closing in on a move to Seville, writes Spanish website Diario de Sevilla.

Linked with a move to the Premier League - with both West Ham anad Arsenal cited as front-runners to land the 24-year-old - Jordan is now considered likely to remain in Spain with United said to have pulled out of the running yesterday (Marca).

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