West Ham & Tottenham target Burak Yilmaz submits transfer request

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)

Galatasaray striker Burak Yilamz has submitted his transfer request according to the Milliyet.

The report claims that the Turkish international star held a meeting with head coach Mustafa Denizli requesting that the club grants his permission to leave.

Yilmaz is reported to have held talks with West Ham and that initial negotiations have gone well.


The Hurriyet claim that the Hammers have made a €7 million offer for Yilmaz and that vice-chairwoman Karren Brady will travel to Turkey to complete the transfer.

West Ham could however, face competition from Tottenham and Stoke City according to the Mirror.

The Hammers are however, currently the only side to have confirmed interest in the prolific striker with head coach Slaven Bilic confirming that Yilmaz is on his winter transfer list.

Bilic told Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik“Burak Yilmaz is one of the players currently on our transfer list.”

Yılmaz dropped a further hint that he could be heading for a Galatasaray exit after he waved to fans following his goal in the 3-2 defeat against Osmanlıspor on the weekend.

The Turkish international defender waved at fans after scoring his stunning goal. The celebration was interpreted as a final farewell to the Lions supporters.