Yilmaz, pure and simple?

  • by Staff Writer
  • Friday, 22nd January 2016

West Ham are once again being linked with a move for Galatasary forward and Turkish international Burak Yilmaz.

Sources in Turkey are claiming this afternoon that West Ham have made enquiries into the 30-year-old forward's availability, with one journalist suggesting that negotiations between the two clubs have already begun.

Yilmaz was previously linked with a move to the Boleyn Ground in 2012 when still at former club Trabzonspor. At the time he was available for a cut-price EUR5million, due to a release clause in his contract.

And co-owner David Sullivan confirmed the following summer that West Ham had indeed been close to landing the Antalya-born goalscorer. "We tried to get him this time last year but he wanted to stay in Turkey," he srevealed during a social media Q&A seassion in July 2013.

As recently as August 2015, West Ham were again linked with a move for Yilmaz with reports suggesting that the club made two bids for the 6'2" striker (an initial bid of EUR3.5million, which was rejected, and later a revised offer).

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