Everton Step Up Interest In Signing Besiktas Midfielder

Premier League side Everton have reportedly made contact with the representative of Oguzhan Ozyakup regarding a possible move to Goodison Park. The Turkey international has just two months left on his contract with Besiktas but the Black Eagles are hoping to extend his contract with the promise of a buy-out clause.

According to Fotomac, the Toffees have made an initial approach to the player’s representative as they seek to monitor the developments of the former Arsenal man. The Merseyside outfit were initially hoping to prise the player away from Besiktas on a free transfer in the summer but the alleged interest from Borussia Dortmund appears to have changed the complexion of the story.

Like Everton, Dortmund have been keeping tabs on Ozyakup through the campaign and this has supposedly encouraged Besiktas to open up contract talks with the midfielder. On most occasions, players are likely to lean towards Bosman transfers, but Besiktas are hopeful that Ozyakup would sign a fresh deal whereby they can implement an affordable €12m buyout clause.

Everton were found guilty of making poor signings during the 2017 summer transfer window and the club’s hierarchy will be hoping for better success under whoever is incharge. The likes of Sandro Ramirez and Davy Klaassen are among the leading candidates who could be shown the exit door and this should provide with more than sufficient funds to compensate for Ozyakup’s arrival.

Aside from a midfielder, Everton may also have to look into the defensive side of their game with the likes of Ashley Williams and Phil Jagielka having entered the twilight of his career. Mason Holgate and Michael Keane have done a credible job during the season but there is still the need for additional depth, given Ramiro Funes Mori could be the subject of Serie A interest in the summer.

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