Besiktas deny reaching agreement with West Ham over Turkish international

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Besiktas have denied reaching an agreement with West Ham over star midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The Black Eagles released a statement denying that a deal has been reached over the transfer of Ozyakup.

The statement read: “Reports that we have agreed terms with a club over the transfer of Oguzhan Ozyakup are false. There will be no talks until the end of the season.”

Atletico Madrid made a €12 million bid and West Ham were reported to have struck a pre-agreement with Ozyakup according to Turkish sports media agency Futbol Arena.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has however, confirmed interest in the 23-year-old according to the Fanatik newspaper during the winter transfer window.

Bilic is quoted as saying: “Özyakup has really come along this season. Any manager would want to see ın their team.”

The Turkish international played a major role in Arsenal’s Under-18s side that won the Premier Academy League title in 2009 and made a few appearances in cup competitions for the Gunners before joining Beşiktaş in 2012 for a fee of €500,000.

Bilic is of course no stranger to Ozyakup having coached him for two seasons prior to his West Ham move.

The former Arsenal man is having his most productive season since joining Besiktas scoring nine times and providing eight assists in all competitions.

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