Haber Global’s chief editor Onur Tugrul has claimed Fenerbahce’s left back Hasan Ali Kaldirim has no release clause in his contract.

This week reports emerged from the BBC stating West Ham United are interested in signing the Fenerbahce captain and that the player has a release clause set at €5m.

It was claimed West Ham have been in talks with the defender’s agent with regards to a potential move this summer as the Hammers look to bolster their squad for next season.

However, Tugrul says he’s spoken with Hasan Ali’s camp and they’ve revealed he has no release clause in his contract with Fener. “I’ve spoken with Hasan Ali’s camp and they’ve told me he has no release clause in his written contract. I also got in touch with Fenerbahce, but they haven’t given an answer yet.”

That it was made clear there’s no clause in the ‘written contract’ may be an indication there’s a verbal agreement on an exit amount.

Kaldirim impressed last season with Fenerbahce despite the Super Lig club’s relegation battle for most of the season.

The Turkish international made 41 appearances for Fenerbahce, scoring four goals. The defender is under contract with the Istanbul club until June 2020 and subsequently he could be offloaded in this window.