Report: West Ham want £7m ace Okay Yokuslu dubbed ‘the new Busquets’

David Unsworth, Caretaker Manager of Everton and David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United greet each other during the Premier League match between Everton and West Ham United at Goodison...

West Ham United have been linked with Okay Yokuslu.

Australia's player Jason Geria (R) and Turkey's player Okay Yokuslu (L) fight for the ball during their FIFA Under 20 World Cup Group Stage Group C football match between Australia and...

According to a report in the Spanish publication AS, West Ham United are rivalling Sevilla for the signing of Trabzonspor holding midfielder Okay Yokuslu.

The report claims that Sevilla midfielder Steven Nzonzi is expected to leave this summer, and while Genk’s Sander Berge has been named as their ideal replacement, the La Liga club are also considering Yokuslu but face heavy competition from the Hammers.

West Ham are in the market for a new defensive midfielder what with Mark Noble now in his thirties while there are still question marks over the likes of Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate.

Turkey's player Okay Yokuslu (3ndL) celebrates his goal with team mate during the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Group Stage Group C football match between Australia and Turkey at the Avni Aker...

Yokuslu has been one of the most outstanding players in the Turkey Super League this season, featuring 22 times and recording an average of 2.5 tackles, 2.3 interceptions and 2.9 clearances per game (Whoscored).

The player has been dubbed by reports in Spain as ‘the new Busquets’ - in reference to his excellent ball control, passing ability and acceptance to receive the ball in tight spots.

At 23, Yokuslu has already earned full international recognition with the Tukey national team after featuring for the youth teams and he is now expected to be a mainstay in the senior squad.

Turkey's Okay Yokuslu (R) vies with Colombia's Jhon Cordoba during the group stage football match between Turkey and Colombia at the FIFA Under 20 World Cup at the Yeni Sehir Stadium in...

David Moyes will be hopeful of having a large budget in order to push West Ham into the top half next season, but the reports in AS suggest that Yukuslu could be available at a potential bargain £7 million fee.

The 6ft 3inch midfielder has the characteristics be a success in the Premier League, and considering his reported fee, he is without doubt a gamble worth taking.

David Moyes, Manager of West Ham United  looks dejected during the Premier League match between Swansea City and West Ham United at Liberty Stadium on March 3, 2018 in Swansea, Wales.

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