Report: West Ham United table bid for Galatasary striker Burak Yilmaz

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West Ham United have reportedly made a bid for Galatasary’s Burak Yilmaz.

According to a report in the Turkish editorial Hurriyet, West Ham United have lodged a bid in the region of £7.1 million for Galatasary striker Burak Yilmaz.

The Hammers are seemingly on the lookout for a new striker ahead of the transfer deadline following the long-term injury to Ecuador international Enner Valencia.

Last weekend, Slaven Bilic led his side to a 2-0 victory over Arsenal with Mario Zarate and Diafra Sakho leading the line, yet beyond those two the Croatian boss currently has few alternatives.

Having spent the past two seasons with Besiktas, Bilic is familiar with the Turkish market and reports from his former country of residence states a bid for Yilmaz has been tabled.

The details:

The bid is said to be worth €10 million – roughly £7.1 million – while Yilmaz is expected to earn a salary of around £2.8 million per year, with his current deal at Galatsary set to expire in 2019.

Who is Burak Yilmaz?

The 30-year-old is a strong centre-forward, standing at 6ft 2inch and possessing excellent finishing ability. Over the past three seasons, he has scored 56 league goals in 86 appearances.

Yilmaz has been capped 40 times by Turkey, scoring 18 goals. His biggest feat to date is notching five Champions League goals in six group games in 2012/13, including a header past Manchester United.

His attributes make him an ideal alternative for Valencia, with his power and strength well suited to Premier League football.

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