Galatasaray secretary says West Ham target Burak Yilmaz has not handed in transfer request


The Turkish striker has been heavily linked with West Ham recently.

West Ham United have been linked with plenty of strikers this month as the club look to bring in an extra attacking option. With their current batch fairly injury prone West Ham are right to make such moves in the market and one name mentioned has been Burak Yilmaz.

The Turkish goal-machine is believed to be a favourite of Slaven Bilic - who saw him play regularly whilst managing Besiktas in Turkey. Yilmaz, who is currently with Galatasaray, has scored 81 goals in 140 appearances for the Turkish side so it is no wonder why West Ham were taking an interest.

However the Galatasaray general secretary Fatih Isbecer has told the press in Turkey just why the deal is not happening - confirming claims from Slaven Bilic that Gala were not interested in any loan deal.

He is quoted by Haber Tadi as stating:

"We have to be forwarded in writing to be called an offer from a club to us. Burak Yilmaz has not handed in any transfer request.

"One loan deal was offered officially. Buying our club official Burak Yilmaz is not reached on the proposal. A loan bid was not accepted because it is not appropriate to the interests of the club."

His confirmation that Yilmaz has not handed in a transfer request also suggests that for now the Turkish international is happy to remain in Istanbul for the time being.

West Ham are however believed to be close to bringing in another striker from Turkish football. The Guardian report that a deal for Emmanuel Emenike to join the club from Fenerbahce is close to completion.

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