By Will Butcher
West Ham could look to raid Slaven Bilic’s former side Besiktas in an attempt to sign striker Cenk Tosun, according to a report.
Dean Jones has claimed in his Bleacher Report transfer column that Hammers scouts have compiled an extensive dossier on Tosun, who has scored 16 goals in 22 league outings this season.
However, it is believed that Championship outfit Norwich are also keeping tabs on the 16-time Turkey international and could make a bid if they gain promotion to the Premier League.
This comes after Turkish Football claimed on Wednesday that the east London club were looking to sign former Galatasaray ace Burak Yilmaz, who plays for Chinese club Beijing Guoan.
Tosun, 25, has sprung onto the scene with a number of eye-catching performances both domestically and in the Champions League.
Besiktas faced Dynamo Kiev, Napoli and Benfica in Group B, and although they finished third, Tosun won the best goal of the group stages prize with his acrobatic effort against Benfica.
Bilic knows Tosun well after signing him halfway through his two-year stint as Besiktas boss from Gaziantepspor, watching Tosun score nine times from the dugout during 2014-15.
Football Insider verdict:
There is no doubt that the Hammers must complete the signing of a new striker in the summer. Simone Zaza, Jonathan Calleri and Ashley Fletcher have all struggled to find the back of the net ona regulas basis throughout the season, while Diafra Sakho and Andy Carroll have struggled with injury. Although very prolific in Turkey, the Hammers would do well to remember that the majority of their overseas signings this season have failed miserably, with the likes of Havard Nordtveit, Gokhan Tore and Alvaro Arbeloa all struggling since their moves to east London. However, Bilic could tempt top-rankign Hammers chiefs into coughing up for Tosun, after knowing him at first hand following their time together at Besiktas.
In other West Ham transfer news, Sky have revealed that Bilic will be backed in the summer.