With both Carlos Sanchez and Jack Wilshere on the sidelines with long-term injuries, Sky claimed that Manuel Pellegrini was hoping to reinforce his midfield by signing the experienced Chile enforcer Gary Medel last month.
By the time the January window slammed shut, however, a move to the London Stadium had passed Medel by. And Milliyet believes that Medel is already ruing his failure to secure a return to English football, having spent the 2013/14 season at Cardiff City.
Despite the fact that the 31-year-old’s contract with Besiktas is due to run until 2020, it is understood that he has decided that he has no interest in staying in Turkey beyond this season and will even turn down a lucrative move to China in order to realise his Premier League dream.
It remains to be seen whether West Ham are still keen on Medel, a former Inter Milan and Sevilla midfielder who won the Copa America twice with Chile. But he would add a combative, all-action style in the centre of the park while offering cover for the veteran Mark Noble.