Turkish football journalist Serdar Ali Celikler has claimed Besiktas rejected a €7m offer from Wolverhampton Wanderers for Pepe during the last summer window.

The Portugal international has again been linked with Wolves in recent days after the player’s contract with the Istanbul club was terminated.

Speaking to Life+ TV, Celikler claimed the Besiktas board rejected the offer from Wolves: “Besiktas should have sold Pepe to Wolverhampton. I know the English club made a €7m offer. But the club’s board were too afraid of fans reactions and they decided to keep him. Then they couldn’t pay his wages and he’s now left the club on a free.”

The Turkish media are adamant Wolves tabled a bid for Pepe in the last window and Celikler is the latest journalist to report this.

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Earlier this week, we covered reports from Turkey that Wolves are still interested in Pepe after the defender terminated his contract with Besiktas. There have also been claims in the Portuguese press the Premier League are looking to move in on the former Real Madrid star.

However, there have been other reports a move to China or the Middle East could be on the cards, which seems more realistic at this stage.