15 goals and 20 assists: West Ham close to clinching deal for attacker after breakthrough - report
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.
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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.