Report: Arsenal keeping tabs on former youth prospect Oguzhan Özyakup at Besiktas

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Arsenal are reportedly one of three Premier League clubs keen on Besiktas midfielder Oğuzhan Özyakup, who was previously with the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger could look to Turkey for midfield reinforcements this January amid reports that claim Arsenal are keeping a close eye on Oğuzhan Özyakup.

The 22-year-old midfielder was actually with the Gunners prior to sealing a €500,000 move to Besiktas in 2012, playing twice for the Arsenal first-team in the League Cup.

Since then Özyakup has gone from strength to strength, making 107 appearances to date for the Istanbul club with 13 goals and 27 assists to his name already.

Capped 12 times by Turkey to date, the midfielder also netted his first goal for the national side in a recent 3-0 Euro 2016 qualifying win over Holland - a nation he represented at under-17 and under-19 level.

Already impressive for Besiktas this season, Özyakup made headlines earlier in the campaign after racking up three assists in a single Super Lig game.

This form has been enough to attract interest from the Premier League, according to Turkish news source Fanatik, with Arsenal keeping tabs alongside the likes of Newcastle United and West Ham.

Having spent four seasons at Besiktas where, despite his fine form, the club has failed to win any silverware, Özyakup could be open to the idea of a move away from Turkey with England one possible destination.

For now though, he will be looking to continue impressing for Besiktas, with the Black Eagles still in the hunt for a Super Lig title at this very early stage of the season.

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