West Ham made €10m bid for Burak Yilmaz last season says Galatasaray president

Galatasaray's Burak Yilmaz (C) vies for the ball with Fenerbahce's Egemen Korkmaz (R) during the Turkish Sport Toto Super League football match Fenerbahce vs Galatasaray at the Fenerbahce Sukru Saracoglu Stadium, in Istanbul, on March 8, 2015. AFP PHOTO /OZAN KOSE (Photo credit should read OZAN KOSE/AFP/Getty Images)

West Ham made Galatasaray a €10 million bid for Galatasaray last season which was turned down according to club president Dursun Ozbek.

The Galatasaray president responded to questions from reporters at his recent press conference unveiling a new sponsorship plan for the financially troubled club.

Ozbek claimed that Galatasaray did not want to sell Yilmaz and if they had wanted to they would have accepted West Ham’s €10 million bid last season.


“If we wanted to sell Burak Yilmaz we would have accepted the €10 million offer West Ham made last season does he not know this?” Ozbek told reporters.

The Hammers also reportedly made a loan bid with a €1 million fee to be paid in January and a release clause worth €8 million for the Turkish international striker.

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic was keen on Yilmaz and revealed that the experienced striker was on his transfer list however, the Premier League outfit signed Fenerbahce forward Emmanuel Emenike on-loan instead.

Yilmaz ended being snapped up by Chinese giants Beijing Guaon on a four-year deal last week.

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