Report: Turkish striker Burak Yilmaz, heavily linked with West Ham move last week, heads to China

The Turkish international's deal is set to be ratified later today.

West Ham United were linked with plenty of strikers last month as the club looked 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.

The deal never came off however, with West Ham not wanting to make a permanent move for a new striker until the summer, as reported by talkSPORT.

If they wanted to go back in for the player in the summer that chance has also seemingly gone.

Because Yilmaz has become the latest big name signing to head to China.

Shanghai Daily is reporting that the Turkish international has signed a four-year deal with Beijing Gouan after the clubs agreed a fee of €8 million (£6.2 million) to bring in the striker.

The deal will be officially announced later today.

This is the latest in a long list of recent big moves to China - with the likes of Ramires, Alex Teixeira and Jackson Martinez all heading to the country in big money deals.

West Ham snapped up Emmanuel Emenike on loan from Fenerbahce instead and will hope that he can make the memory of Yilmaz fade fast.

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