Newcastle United have mow contacted Oguzhan Ozyakup representatives about a move to Tyneside in the summer, according to reports on Tuesday morning.

The 25 year old midfielder was born in Holland but decided to play for Turkey at international level and is a regular for the national team.

On the books of AZ Alkmaar as a kid, Oguzhan Ozyakup then signed for Arsenal and starred in their youth ranks, going on to make a couple of cup appearances, as well as being on the bench in some Premier League and Champions League matches.

Transferred to Besiktas when 19, the attacking midfielder has had a lot of success, helping them to win the domestic league title the past two seasons. They are currently third with eight match remaining, four points behind Galatsaray.

The midfielder has been a major contributor in the attacking third for the Turkish club, scoring 27 goals and grabbing 48 assists since moving from Arsenal.

Now Turkish-Football report that they have been told  by a source close to Besiktas that Newcastle have watched Oguzhan Ozyakup throughout this season and have now contacted the player’s agents to talk about a potential move in the summer.

Newcastle were constantly linked with Cenk Tosun who played alongside the midfielder, even supposedly putting in a bid at one point, but the striker moved to Everton for £27m in January.

Like any transfer story, you believe what you want, but it is conceivable that the Turkish league could be seen as one that maybe could still give some value.

Whilst overall the Turkish league isn’t great quality, Tosun has done well at Everton so far, scoring four goals despite only five Premier League starts.

Another factor that could have attracted Newcastle United, is that the player’s contract situation

Oguzhan Ozyakup is set to be out of contract this summer and Besiktas are reported to be frantically trying to get a new one signed off, to prevent the player leaving for nothing.

It does though look as though a move could be on the cards regardless, as after mixing time in the starting eleven with a place on the bench in his first three seasons, these last two title winning years saw the midfielder automatic first choice. However, this season he has once again been in and out of the team, starting 13 league games and on the bench 10 times.

After five goals and seven assists in the league last season and nine and seven the year before, this season the midfielder has only two assists, suggesting he needs to move on.

Besiktas did well in the Champions League until meeting  Bayern Munich, Oguzhan Ozyakup playing seven times and starting five of those games.

Everton are said by Turkish-Football to also be keen on the player, particularly after the success of Cenk Tosun.

The summer transfer window officially opens in just over 10 weeks time (9 June)…



  • Steven05

    I hope it’s true. Every single football fan can see that the biggest part of our team which needs strengthening the most is midfield. No more strikers, we have more than enough quality up front

    • Leazes.

      No we don’t, what are you saying?….oh its irony ….right! Thought you were an idiot for a second.

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I hope so or the lad`s puddled
        😂

        • Wor Lass

          I see you`ve removed your reply to Steven. Here“s mine to you that I couldn`t put on! “Keep up – or are you American? Ha ha ..”

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            I jumped the gun, then i read what Leazes had to say.
            by the way Clarko`s back
            👽👽👽

          • Leazes.

            I wouldn’t know as I’ve blocked him and his brother all of them….what you don’t see can’t make you angry.

          • MichaelMaximusMoose

            😠😠
            can he see you ?

          • Leazes.

            Aye.

          • Wor Lass

            But that`s half the fun of these sites!

          • Leazes.

            Its enough with the writers winding us up with articles, the trolls aren’t a bonus!

          • Steven05

            Just for the record lads I was just being sarcastic. Please don’t tie me to ‘that’ group! I was just very tired

          • Clarko

            How could I not respond to someone who commented suggesting Merino should play at CAM after playing as a CB for his country. What an idiot that guy was.

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      Am i missing something we have Gayle & the Hoss,
      9 goals between them
      A Man City defender matches them for goals

  • Leazes.

    Why do you omit the important data Graham?

    Position Central Midfield Attacking (who does he replace there then Kenedy or Shelvey?)
    Contract expires…. June 2018 = Free Agent.
    Value (MV) = £10 m

    Would the club take him on for nothing… its an instant profit… of course Ashley would.

    There’s no reason to doubt the story but from this data you can surmise that…

    A. the clubs policy of buy(sic) to sell is still in operation, so maybe Rafa hasn’t been told yet or he’s actually going along with the buy to sell = no Rafalution…..or

    There’s is reason to doubt the story…..

    B. The story was made up by the players agent to put him in the shop window for June.

    • Wor Lass

      Have you had a glance at the Chronic today? Ryder`s chief disciple has outdone the master with this one: “Why Rafa believes Islam Slimani has had a positive impact at Newcastle – despite having yet to play”!!!

      • Leazes.

        haha…. that’s brilliant!

      • MichaelMaximusMoose

        I read it but couldn`t believe it though,
        Ryder`s get worse by the article

      • Rich Lawson

        Have they all converted to Muslam ?

    • MichaelMaximusMoose

      That`s the Fat Lad,
      owt for nowt & that`ll apply to all in comings this summer, Frees or loans

    • Rich Lawson

      Why does every player we are ”linked” with appear to be an anagram and generally a goalie or midfield player ? If this stuff is made up,can we at least be linked with an out and out striker for a change ?

  • MichaelMaximusMoose

    Every year i go to Turkey as 1 of my pals lives there, the standard of football is shyte
    💩💩💩

    • Leazes.

      Get a friend from Brazil then.

      • TheNutJob

        😂😂
        get him told leazes

      • You think Brazilian football is better? Maybe more attacking but overall Brazilian teams are not doing that great financially and game-wise.