Report: West Ham to announce fifth signing, deal will initially be on loan
By Will Butcher
West Ham are set to announce the loan signing of former Chelsea trainee Gokhan Tore from Turkish champions Besiktas, according to a report.
This comes after Jack Sullivan, the son of co-owner David Sullivan, tweeted that The Hammers would be announcing a signing by the end of the week.
Now, the London Evening Standard has reported that former Besiktas manager Bilic is set to be reunited with Tore after working with him at the Vodafone Arena.
The Turkish winger, who has won 26 caps for his country, admitted he was keen on a move to East London a month ago.
He said in an interview with Turkish outlet Yazbir: “”I have a contract until 2019 at Besiktas.
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“But I completed my mission here. If they meet my fee, I want to play at West Ham.”
It ends weeks of speculation surrounding the 24-year-old, who at one point was considered to have turned his back on a move to the Olympic Stadium due to the length of the talks.
The former Hamburg winger has had a steady season, scoring six goals and laying on nine in 34 appearances this season.
Tore will become the Hammers’ fifth signing following the arrivals of Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit and Domingos Quina.
Bilic is also keen to sign a striker, after Enner Valencia has been linked with a loan move to Lazio and Diafra Sakho with a move to Sunderland. AC Milan’s Carlos Bacca is top of the 47-year-old’s wishlist, after missing out to Chelsea’s new signing Michy Batshuayi.
In other West Ham news, Sullivan has explained why centre-back James Tomkins was sold.