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Report: West Ham remain in talks to sign attacking ace, club respond to latest bid

By Harvey Byrne

West Ham’s pursuit of Gokhan Tore is not over despite Besiktas rejecting the club’s bid to sign the winger on loan, according to a report.

Sky Sports claim the Hammers remain in negotiations with the Turkish side over a deal for the wide player.

It is said West Ham were keen to secure the 24-year-old on a season-long loan deal with a view to a permanent move in the summer.

However, Besiktas have turned down the bid and told West Ham they will only entertain offers that will see Tore leave the club on a permanent basis.

The Turkish giant’s signed the pacey winger for £3.38million from Rubin Kazan in 2014 and are understood to be hoping to secure more than £12million for Tore.

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West Ham boss Slaven Bilic is looking to bolster his squad ahead of the new season and has already secured the signings of midfielder Havard Nordtveit and winger Sofiane Feghouli.

Tore has been capped 26 times by Turkey spent two years at Chelsea as a youth player and played under Bilic for two years when both were at the winger’s current club.

He made 35 appearances across all competitions in the recently completed season and scored six goals as Besiktas claimed their first Turkish title in seven years.

In other West Ham news, captain Mark Noble is confident the club will retain the services of Dimitri Payet.