By Harvey Byrne
West Ham’s pursuit of Gokhan Tore could be hijacked by Premier League rivals Southampton, according to a report.
Turkish website Sabah claims the south coast club have come in with an offer of £5.8million for the winger.
The figure is some way below the widely reported sum of £10.8million that Besiktas are hoping to receive for Tore.
It had been reported that West Ham had agreed a deal for the 24-year-old Turkey international, but now a deal doesn’t look as close due to the Saints’ involvement.
The Hammers do have one advantage over their Premier League rivals as manager Slaven Bilic coached Tore at Besiktas for two years.
There is also the fact that the Saints are currently managerless after Ronald Koeman departed for Everton.
Sky Sports have reported that West Ham had discussed a potential season-long loan but it is believed Besiktas are in favour of a permanent deal instead.
The forward has three years left on his contract and has just completed a successful domestic campaign after Besiktas lifted their first Turkish title in seven years.
Tore notched six goals and nine assists in 35 games in 2015-16 in all competitions, playing on both the left and right hand side of midfield.
In other West Ham news, the Hammers are eyeing a swoop for Fiorentina striker Mario Gomez.