Former Fenerbahce star turned journalist Rıdvan Dilmen has claimed Besiktas midfielder Oğuzhan Ozyakup has signed a contract extension with the Turkish club.
Everton have been linked with Ozyakup in recent weeks, with reports at the weekend the Toffees are lining up an offer for the Turkey international.
Asksam covered comments Dilmen made to NTV when asked about the future of Ozyakup: “I know Oğuzhan has a 4 year contract but I think they kept it a secret.”
Despite these latest developments Everton could still have a chance to sign Ozyakup this summer after reports the player has buyout clause implemented into his new deal.
It’s claimed Everton are ready to table an offer of €12m (About £10.6m) for the central midfielder when the window opens after initially holding talks to sign him on a free transfer.
However, a stumbling block for Everton is that Besiktas would have to pay Arsenal 30% of the transfer fee after he joined the Turkish club from the Gunners a few seasons ago.
Besiktas have been keen to get out this agreement with Arsenal, but after meetings they’ve yet to convince the London club.
Reading between the lines, it appears Ozyakup may have signed a new contract to enable Besiktas to get a fee for him. Whilst the Turkish media suggest Everton are ready to play along with that, it’s obviously not as attractive as a free transfer.