West Ham United boss Slaven Bilic rules out move for Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz

The Croatian admits he is a fan of the player, but will not be signing him this summer.

West Ham United are currently in the hunt for a striker.

One name that has recently cropped up is that of Burak Yilmaz of Turkish giants Galatasaray.

It was reported by Turkish source Hurriyet that former Besiktas boss Slaven Bilic was ready to raid his former city rivals for their striker in a deal worth around £7 million.

Those rumours were given extra credence yesterday when, for the opening game of the Galatasaray season, Yilmaz was left on the bench.

Gala denied this had anything to do with his future and instead it was just tactical. Now Slaven Bilic has ruled out a move for the player.

He has been quoted by Son TV as stating:

"Burak is both one of Galatasaray and Turkey’s most important strikers. He is among the players I like. But as of right now Burak is not on my agenda.”

West Ham are in need of a striker as Andy Carroll and Enner Valencia are both injured and other options are limited. Modibo Maiga does not look up to the task whilst Mauro Zarate is not a consistent performer. That leaves just Diafra Sakho – so another arrival is likely.

Yilmaz is not the player in question so time will tell just who West Ham do bring through the door at Upton Park.

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