Galatasaray rejected £7.3m for Burak Yilmaz; could mystery bidders be West Ham?

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Galatasaray chairman Dursun Ozbek has claimed he rejected a €10m bid for Burak Yilmaz.

Galatasaray chairman Dursun Ozbek is quoted by Turkish newspaper Hurriyet as saying he rejected a €10m (£7.3m) bid for striker Burak Yilmaz.

30-year-old hitman Yilmaz has been one of the most dangerous strikers in Europe in recent years, having starred for Trabzonspor and now Galatasaray.

58 goals in 93 games for Trabzonspor earned him his big move to Galatasaray in 2012, and he has continued those goalscoring exploits with 74 goals in 124 games.

His prowess in front of goal has triggered interest though, as Galatasaray confirmed on their official website last month that they had rejected a €5m bid from West Ham for Yilmaz's services.

Now though, Ozbek is quoted by Hurriyet as saying that he eventually rejected a €10m (£7.3m) bid for Yilmaz late in the transfer window - and the safe money would be on the mystery bidders being West Ham.

Yilmaz went up against Hammers boss Slaven Bilic during the Croatian's time as Besiktas boss, and his predatory instincts will have no doubt impressed.

West Ham were crying out for a striker towards the end of the transfer window, and whilst Bilic did end up signing Nikica Jelavic from Hull City, it wouldn't be at all surprising if they did make one last, valiant bid to try and lure Yilmaz away from Galatasaray.

Yilmaz has a combination of power and enough pace to be a factor on the shoulder of the last month, and his instincts inside the area make him a constant threat. West Ham could certainly have done with his clinical finishing, but with Galatasaray unwilling to sell, Bilic may have had to look elsewhere and move for Jelavic instead.

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