Report: Slaven Bilic wants reunion with Austrian midfielder Veli Kavlak at West Ham

Slaven Bilic could be set for a reunion with Besiktas and Austria midfielder Veli Kavlak at West Ham United this summer.

Slaven Bilic could be set for a reunion with Besiktas and Austria midfielder Veli Kavlak at West Ham United this summer.

That's according to reports emanating from Turkey - where the 26-year-old plies his trade with Bilic's former team - on sports news website Sporx.

According to the site, sources in Kavlack's home country Austria claim Hammers boss Bilic wants to bring his former player to the Premier League.

The defensive box-to-box midfielder has a contract until 2019 at Besiktas which highlights how highly the Turkish Super Lig side rate him.

The Hammers have been one of the busiest Premier League clubs in the summer transfer market, spending nearly £25 million so far.

Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold have been true to their word by investing significant funds to strengthen new boss Slaven Bilic's squad.

So far the East Londoners have brought in goalkeeper Darren Randolph on a free transfer, midfielders Pedro Obiang and Dimitri Payet for a combined total of around £15 million, defender Angelo Ogbonna for around £8 million and Carl Jenkinson in on loan again from Arsenal for a fee believed to be £2 million.

The Irons had already signed left back Stephen Hendrie from Scottish side Hamilton back in January and he officially became a West Ham player on July 1st.

But what would Kavlak bring to the Hammers?


Hammers fans will be pleased to hear that Kavlak is very similar to their former cult hero Valon Behrami, now with Watford.

Kavlak is a key man in midfield for club and country with his tireless running and seemingly endless energy levels. He should be able to adapt to the Premier League too as he was one of Besiktas' star players in their matches against Liverpool and Arsenal in Europe last season.

A hardworking leader much like Behrami, Kavlak could became a real fans' favourite for at Upton Park.

He is often paired up in central midfield with a more attacking player at the tip of a diamond which would fit well with Bilic's signing of French international Dimitri Payet.

His signing could cast doubt over the Hammers' protracted move for Alex Song from Barcelona due to an injury.

But there is a word of caution in that Kavlak has also been out with a long-term injury and missed the last two months of last season for Besiktas.

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