Turkish giants Galatasaray have confirmed that they have received a bid from West Ham for their Turkish international goal machine Burak Yilmaz.
Reported in the Evening Standard a club statement from the Super Lig titans read as follows:
“West Ham United offered us €5m [£3.5m] for Burak Yilmaz.
“But our player didn’t demand leaving and also our club has no thought of selling him.”
As might be expected he is 1/2 to remain in Turkey when the transfer window closes, while it’s 6/4 that West Ham get their man.
Inside the final year of his contract at Cimbom, albeit with an option for a year extension, the 30-year-old would have represented a bargain at the price.
Yilmaz is a consummate chance converter, scoring 73 times in 121 games for Gala and 18 goals in 40 outings for his national side.
If he is known to English fans, then it is most likely for his standout Champions League season back in 2012/13.
Yilmaz finished behind only Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo in the scoring charts with eight strikes, despite playing for a side operating outside Europe’s big five leagues.
While the latter factor may seem only to recommend him further to the Irons, it could also be precisely the reason that West Ham should think long and hard about the move.
Previous marksmen hailing from outside the continent’s domestic divisions to take the Champions League by storm have struggled to replicate their European exploits in England.
Arsenal and Fulham will certainly agree, with little to show from their acquisitions of Marouane Chamakh and Kostas Mitroglou respectively.
The Moroccan (above), started respectably enough at the Emirates but utterly lost his way as soon as the injured Robin van Persie returned to challenge him for his place.
Yet in comparison to ‘Mitrogol’ (below) he was a roaring success, with the £12m the relegation-battling Cottagers shelled out for the Greek forward recompensed with just three lifeless appearances before he was loaned straight back to his native land.