Report: Everton plotting bid to beat Arsenal to former player Ozughan Ozyakup

Everton's interim manager David Unsworth looks on during the English League Cup fourth round football match between Chelsea and Everton at Stamford Bridge in London on October 25, 2017.

Arsenal want Besiktas midfielder Ozughan Ozyakup back at The Emirates but Premier League rivals Everton appear willing to stand in their way.

Besiktas' Turkish midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup (L) vies with Monaco's Brazilian defender Fabinho (R) during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between Besiktas and Monaco on...

Arsenal let Besiktas sign highly-rated midfielder Ozughan Ozyakup for just £400,000 in the summer of 2012.

Five years later, the Premier League giants are willing to pay £10 million to bring the Turkish international back to North London, as reported by The Sun.

Ozyakup has gone from strength to strength in the last two years, helping Besiktas win two successive Super Lig titles. And the report adds that Arsene Wenger believes his former protégé could even replace the out-of-contract Mesut Ozil at The Emirates.

Mesut Ozil of Arenal is dejected after the Premier League match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on August 27, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Though not if Everton can help it. Turkish paper Fotomac reports that The Toffees have been given permission to talk to Ozyakup’s agent with a move potentially on the cards in the January transfer window.

And while Everton fans may be concerned by reports linking them with an Ozil-esque playmaker (the Merseyside club are not exactly short on number tens after all), Ozyakup’s versatility could make him a useful addition to the squad.

The 30-cap Turk is far more effective operating from a deeper midfield position, where his dynamic, lung-bursting runs and pinpoint forward passing come in handy.

Turkey's midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup celebrates his team's victory at the end of the Euro 2016 group D football match between Czech Republic and Turkey at Bollaert-Delelis stadium in Lens...

Everton have looked a little pedestrian in central midfield this season but Ozyakup could provide some much needed energy and attacking intent alongside the pragmatic duo of Idrissa Gana Gueye and Morgan Schneiderlin.

With Besiktas president Fikret Orman willing to pay hardball in the transfer market and demanding big sums for his top players, including star striker Cenk Tosun (Goal), majority shareholder Farhad Moshiri may have to dig deep into his pockets to bring Ozyakup back to England.

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