Report: West Ham to fight Arsenal and European giants for Burak Yilmaz

West Ham are looking to lock horns with Arsenal, Atletico Madrid and Chelsea to land Galatasaray forward Burak Yilmaz.

According to Turkish publication Eurosport, West Ham, under new manager Slaven Bilic, will look to beat Chelsea, Arsenal and Atletico Madrid to highly-rated forward Burak Yilmaz.

The report states that the striker is high on the list of targets put together by Bilic, who will know him well due to his previous two seasons in Turkey, and will look to fight off Europe’s big boys for his signature.

The 29-year-old, who turns 30 on the 30th June, has had an exceptional year for Galatasaray once again and netted a staggering 22 goals in 37 appearances in all competitions. In fact, over the past six seasons, there haven't been many more prolific forwards in Europe as he can boast a tally of 130 goals in 213 appearances.

Can West Ham beat Europe’s big boys to Yilmaz?

Although he is undoubtedly a talented player, the age of the striker is likely to put some suitors off – especially the top clubs.

At 30, if he does move, he will be after a big contract to secure his future in the past few years of his playing days. In fact, a longer contract could be the deal breaker in the Turkish forward’s thinking.

If West Ham can offer a substantially better contract than the other interested parties then him agreeing a move to East London wouldn’t at all be a surprise.

Next season, the Olympic Stadium will become the Hammers’ new home and for all players linked to the club over this summer, that will be a big pull.

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