West Ham to seal first big transfer with £13million fee agreed for winger - report
By Coral Barry
West Ham have agreed a £13million dral with Besiktas for 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 that West Ham were closing in on a £12million deal for the winger.
Publication Turkish Football now claim that the a new and improved Hammers bid has been accepted and that the transfer will be announced next Wednesday.
Tore will add more width, pace and trickery to Slaven Bilic’s squad, who will play in next season’s Europa Leaguer after finishing seventh in the Premier League.
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The Turkey international is set to become the second West Ham signing in as many weeks after the Hammers confirmed they had captured the signature of Havard Nordtveit on a free transfer from Borussia Moenchengladbach earlier this month.
Tore, who has 26 caps for Turkey, is no stranger to English football after spending two years earlier in his career at Chelsea and West Ham manager Bilic is well acquainted with the player having left Besiktas to take over at the Hammers last summer.
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 bagged six goals and added nine assists in 35 appearances in all competitions this season, and was even more productive under Bilic’s guidance in 2014/15 when he netted nine goals and weighed 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, David Gold has given another update on their pursuit of a top class striker.