As per a number of reports in the Turkish media this afternoon, Premier League strugglers Everton are considering a bid for former Arsenal youngster Oguzhan Ozyakup.
Surplus to requirements
Ozyakup, a 25-year-old central/attacking midfielder, spent four years with Arsenal’s youth setup from 2008 to 2012, having arrived at the club from Dutch outfit AZ Alkmaar.
However, the technically-gifted starlet failed to make the grade amongst the wealth of talents available to Arsene Wenger in North London, and was eventually sold to Besiktas 5 years ago for a paltry £400,000.
In the end, a move away from the Emirates proved the best possible decision for Ozyakup, with the Dutch-born Turkish international having since gone on to establish himself as an absolute mainstay in Besiktas’ midfield, as well as being named the club’s captain.
He has also managed to rack up 30 caps for Turkey, with Arda Turan having previously stated that Ozyakup is the man to take over leadership of the national team when he decides to hang up his boots.
Over the last two seasons in the Turkish top-flight, the former Arsenal man racked up an impressive 14 goals and 14 assists, with his contributions having helped steer his side to a momentous Super Lig crown last season.
Ozyakup’s stellar performances in Turkey have certainly not gone unnoticed, with a number of Premier League sides having been linked with his signature during the summer.
West Ham have long been touted as admirers of the talents of the Turk, while Arsenal were even reported to be readying a surprise offer for their former starlet over recent months.
However, as per a growing number of outlets in Turkey, it is Everton who are now considering a move for Ozyakup, following their disappointing start to the season.
The Toffees have been left majorly underwhelmed by the performances of summer midfield additions Gylfi Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen, and will reportedly move for Ozyakup in January if the showings of this duo do not improve.