West Ham target Burak Yilmaz joins Beijing Guoan for €8 million

Galatasaray¥s forward Burak Yilmaz celebrates scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match between Schalke 04 and Galatasaray in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, on March 12, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

Galatasaray have sold their star striker Burak Yilmaz Beijing Guoan.

The Turkish news outlet DHA (via LigTV) confirmed the news stating that the Turkish international has signed a four-year deal with the Chinese club.

West Ham United were closely linked with the 30-year-old over the January transfer window and according to the Mirror, submitted a transfer bid.

Trabzonspor have received 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.

The Lions have saved €14.5 million over the next three seasons in terms of contract fees after parting ways with Yilmaz.

The board were forced to consider the bid for the Turkish international in order to fall in line with Financial Fair Play regulations.

Yılmaz has scored 81 times in his last 140 games for the Istanbul giants winning two league titles since joining in 2012 and helping his side reach the 2013 Champions League quarter-finals.

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