By Danny Wright
Everton are prepared to launch a £13million bid for Besiktas attacker Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fotospor claims that Ozyakup, 25, is one of several players at the Istanbul club who is currently in a dispute about their contracts as they look to increase their earnings to match stars like Alvaro Negredo and Pepe.
Besiktas won the Turkish Super Lig title last season and have so far performed brilliantly in their Champions League group by earning wins against Porto, RB Leipzig and French champions Monaco.
Ozyakup has been a resounding part of that success for Besiktas and now it seems that Everton have been alerted to the in-form attacking midfielder.
The former Arsenal youngster has made 14 appearances across all competitions so far this season, supplying two assists in the process.
Last term as Besiktas stormed to the Turkish title, Ozyakup was one of the best playmakers in the country having created 10 goals for his team-mates while scoring five of his own.
Football Insider Verdict
Everton need reinforcements in the January transfer window but what they don’t need is another attacking midfielder. With Wayne Rooney, Gyfli Sigurdsson and Davy Klaassen on the books at Goodison Park, as well as Ross Barkley, the Toffees are overwhelmed in that area of the squad and really don’t need Ozyakup. The Turkey international is a good player but he isn’t someone Steve Walsh should be focusing on at the time being. Everton need a striker before anything else and could also do with a bit of extra support in defence at right-back and centre-back. There should surely be some of the money from Romelu Lukaku’s sale floating around to make those improvements.