By London correspondent Tony Hughes
West Ham are in advanced talks to sign Besiktas winger Gokhan Tore, according to a report.
The 24-year-old has been a long-term target for the Hammers, who were strongly linked with a move for the player in the January window.
It was widely reported in Turkey and England on Tuesday morning that West Ham are close to agreeing a £12million deal for the player.
Sky Sports claim that the London club are in advanced talks to sign Tore and are confident of clinching the deal imminently.
The 24-year-old will add more width, pace and trickery to Slaven Bilic’s squad, who have qualified for next season’s Europa League after finishing the season seventh in the Premier League.
Tore, who has 26 caps for Turkey, is no stranger to English football after spending two years earlier in his career at Chelsea, where he was a regular for the development squad but could not break into the first team.
Tore subsequently had a short stint at Russian club Rubin Kazan before joining Besiktas in 2013, initially on a season-long loan.
He has become an important player for the Turkish giants, helping them to lift the Super Liga title ahead of Fenerbahce this season.
The right-winger scored six goals and supplied nine assists in 35 appearances in all competitions this season, and was even more productive in 2014/15, netting nine goals and weighing in with 11 assists in 43 matches.
A new striker is also on the cards for West Ham, who have already made a £31million bid for Lyon’s Alexandre Lacazette and a £25million double bid for Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson and his winger team-mate Matt Richie.
In other West Ham news, it is said the club will sign two news strikers in the coming weeks.