By Wayne Veysey

28th Mar, 2018 | 9:34am

Newcastle make approach to sign 24-yr-old ace involved in 75 goals since quitting PL - report

By Richard Parks

Newcastle have made an approach to sign Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup, according to a report.

News site Turkish Football claim that the Magpies have been in contact with Ozyakup’s representatives about landing him in the summer window.

It is said that Newcastle have been scouting the Turkey international throughout the season and are keen to win the race to capture him on a free transfer.

Turkish Football report that Besiktas are keen to tie the midfielder to a new deal and the club have even claimed that thee is an agreement behind the scenes.

Ozyakup joined the Turkish big hitters from Arsenal in the summer of 2012.

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Ozyakup is no stranger to football on these shores after spending four years at Arsenal in his late teens. He only made the senior side twice for the Premier League giants but he has made a big impact back in his native Turkey and has become a talisman for Besiktas. The central midfielder, who can also operate as a number ten, has been directly involved in 75 goals for the club – 27 strikes and 48 assists – which is an impressive tally for someone in his position. Little wonder there is such strong interest from Newcastle and Everton in landing someone who can be a big hint if he returns to the Premier League.

In other Newcastle United news, West Ham have tabled a lowball bid for one of Rafael Benitez’s favourite players.

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