Jack Sullivan clarifies hold up in West Ham's move to sign Gokhan Tore

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Jack Sullivan, the son of West Ham United co-owner David, has clarified the situation regarding the signing of Turkish international Gokhan Tore.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesGokhan Tore

The Hammers have long been linked with a move for the Besiktas winger who used to play under Slaven Bilic at the Turkish champions.

Bilic has already signed Norweigan Havard Nordtveit and Algerian star Sofiane Feghouli on shrewd free transfers this summer with the likes of James Tomkins, Alex Song, Victor Moses and Emmanuel Emenike all departed.

Diafra Sakho and Enner Valencia look set to follow them out of the exit door as Bilic reshapes his squad for a busy season which will include Europa League football should the Hammers make it through qualifying.

Picture Supplied by Action ImagesTore in action for Besiktas

Signing has not been straightforward

The signing of Tore has not been straightforward, though.

According to the likes of Sky Sports, the East Londoners were still in negotiations with Besiktas over a deal for the diminutive winger.

It is understood the club, on the verge of their big move to the 60,000 seater Olympic Stadium, will have to spend as much as £13 million to get their man and perfer a loan with an option to buy.

West Ham's manager Slaven Bilic looks dejectedFrustrated Slaven Bilic

Hammers made to wait

There has been a lot of excitement among Hammers fans over Tore's potential arrival and an announcement was expected last week.

It never came, though, despite pictures emerging online of Tore at Upton Park - where the club's administrative functions are still based until the Olympic Stadium is ready.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates after the match with their coaching staffWest Ham manager Slaven Bilic celebrates

Slav's nearly got his man

But now Sullivan has moved to reassure supporters that the deal is not dead by clarifying the situation in a post on Twitter.

"Update: Tore is almost a West Ham player, should be done early next week," Sullivan said on the social networking site.

"Just a few minor things to sort out!"

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