Report: Sunderland make Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup their number one priority

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West Ham United and Arsenal are also thought to be interested in the 23-year old.

Sam Allardyce has made Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup his main priority in the January transfer window, according to the Chronicle.

The report cites Turkish media as claiming Sunderland will rival Arsenal and West Ham for his signature in the next transfer window.

The 23-year old came through the Gunners' ranks but managed just two League Cup appearances before departing for the Turkish club in 2012.

He has since gone on to feature 108 times for Besiktas, scoring 13 goals in the process. Ozyakup’s versatility is one of his main strengths and he is capable in both a deeper midfield role and just behind the striker.

His form with Besiktas has seen him earn an international recognition and he so far has 13 caps for Turkey to his name.

A fee of around £10 million is believed to be enough to secure his services and the battle for his signature could be an interesting one come January.

The deficiencies in Sunderland’s squad are clear to see and their need to strengthen is unarguably the highest out of the three linked clubs.

Defensive reinforcements should seemingly be Allardyce’s first port of call but a boost to the team further forward looks like being his initial approach.

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