Agent of Bilic's former player confirms talks with West Ham over move
By Coral Barry
Atiba Hutchinson is in talks with West Ham over a move to the club, according to the player’s agent Niclas Jensen.
Hammers boss Slaven Bilic worked with the veteran Canada international while he was still manager at Besiktas and may follow up his expected capture of Gokhan Tore by sealing a deal for another one of his former players.
Hutchinson has been at Besiktas for three years and is entering the final year of his contract with the Turkish giants.
Jensen revealed that contact had been made between the two clubs, but an agreement had yet to be reached.
“Talks are going well but we still need time,” said Jensen speaking to Turkish media outlet Sporx. “West Ham are not, however, alone. There are other clubs that want Atiba.”
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The defensive midfielder had an excellent season for Besiktas on the way to the club clinching its first Turkish league title in seven years.
Hutchinson chipped in with two goals and two assists from his defensive position and made 34 appearances in the Super Liga.
The 33-year-old is considered one of the best players ever to be come out of Canada and was named in the all-time Canadian XI in 2012.
In other West Ham news, one of the Hammers’ youth stars has made a decision on his future.