West Ham boss claims Galatasaray want to sell Burak Yilmaz

Slaven Bilic

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has revealed that Galatasaray want to sell Burak Yilmaz and are reluctant to accept a loan bid.

Bilic was quoted by the Daily Star as saying: “Burak is a diffent situation as they are looking to sell him and we are not buying now.”

The Hammers boss latest revelations completely contrasts with the Galatasaray president Dursun Özbek who claimed to have never been contacted over Yılmaz.


“I have received no offers Burak is our player and it really annoys me that these speculations have been made,” Özbek told reporters at the Union of Club meeting held in Istanbul today.

Özbek claims to have no knowledge about West Ham interest in Yilmaz which is strange considering Bilic gave an interview with the largest sports newspaper in Turkey where he openly stated that the prolific striker is on his transfer list.

Bilic is very familiar with Yılmaz from his time coaching Beşiktaş and has made no secret of his desire to sign the prolific striker.

The West Ham manager 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.”

Galatasaray were reported to have requested an €8m transfer fee for Yilmaz but West Ham were only willing to loan the striker until the end of the season with a buyout clause option.