West Ham United have cooled their interest in Galatasaray’s Burak Yilmaz after the Istanbul giants asked for Dimitri Payet in exchange.
According the the Mirror newspaper the Hammers swiftly turned down the offer and have turned their attention elsewhere.
Galatasaray are holding out for £7 million for Yilmaz, who has scored 81 goals in 140 appearances since joining from Trabzonspor.
Galatasaray are the 21st richest club according to Deloitte in terms of revenues raised but are facing up to a two year ban from UEFA for falling to meet the FFP guidelines.
Lions boss Mustafa Denizli revealed that he is uncertain over the future of Yılmaz following yesterday’s Turkish Cup victory.
“Burak Yılmaz won’t leave. If we receive a serious offer will be consider it… even that would be difficult,” Denizli said.
West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has however, confirmed that Yılmaz is on his transfer list and that his addition to the squad would be welcomed.
Bilic told Hürriyet reporter İzzet Çapa: “There is a striker problem right now at West Ham and if the board agree to sign a forward Burak Yilmaz is on my transfer list.”
Trabzonspor will receive 25 percent of the transfer fee as a result of a clause in his deal from the Black Sea based club to Galatasaray in 2012.