West Ham agree £13m deal for international midfielder


West Ham have agreed a deal to sign Besiktas midfielder Gokhan Tore for £13million, according to Turkish broadcaster Lig Tv.

The report claims the two clubs have reached an agreement for one of Slaven Bilic’s long term targets, and that the transfer will now go ahead this summer.

It was being reported by Turkish-football.com last month that personal terms had been agreed with Tore but the two clubs were still thrashing it out over a transfer fee.

It is being reported by CNN Turk that Besiktas were initially asking for £17m but eventually caved in at £13m.

Tore was a key member of Slaven Bilic’s Black Eagles side when the Croatian boss was in charge between 2013 and 2015.

And Bilic recently told Turkish sports newspaper Fanatik: “Everyone knows how much I like Tore, he is an excellent player and I want him at West Ham.”

Gokhan Tore
Credit: WhoScored.com

The 24-year-old is a previous victim of Chelsea’s youth setup, where he struggled to break in to the Blues first team and was eventually sold to Hamburg in 2011.

After a season in the Bundesliga, the Turkey international joined Rubin Kazan in 2012, but was loaned to Besiktas after just one season – where he eventually signed permanently after a successful loan campaign.

Tore has scored eight goals in 52 Super Lig appearances for Besiktas, and last season contributed five goals and six assists in all competitions.

Due to being suspended for the first two group games, the midfielder was left out of Turkey’s squad for this summer’s European Championships in France.

Transfermarkt.com value Tore at £11.25m.

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