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