Newcastle In Race With Arsenal For Besiktas Winger

There’s news today that both Newcastle and Arsenal are interested in signing 23 year-old  Turkish international winger Gokhan Tore who currently plays for Besiktas in Turkey.

Gokhan Tore -Turkish-National-Team

Gokhan Tore – Besiktas and Turkey International winger

The news is on the Turkey web-site Fanatik and there seem to be a number of clubs interested in the winger who has played 20 times for Turkey and was born in Cologne, Germany.

Inter-Milan, Atletico Madrid, Valencia and West Ham are also reported to be monitoring the player.

He started his career at Bayer Leverkusen in 2003 before joining Chelsea in 2009 where he stayed for a couple of years before moving to Hamburg in 2011.

At Chelsea, he played 23 times for the U21 side with three goals.

Tore moved to Russian club Rubin Kazan but had trouble settling in Russia and he signed for Besiktas in 2014 after being on loan there for one season.

Tore has played for all the Turkish Youth sides since he was 15 and he’s been in impressive form this season, and is in the Turkish squad for the upcoming Euro 2016 games against the Czech Republic and Iceland.

They will decide if Turkey has any chance of qualifying for the finals in France next summer.

The winger is said to be valued at around £14M.

Since joining Besiktas initially on loan in the summer of 2013 he has played 84 games for them with 15 goals and  24 assists so he can both make goals and score goals.

Tore could be one of the players Newcastle are lining up for the January transfer window and we may have to strengthen the squad significantly if we are still in relegation trouble by that time.

What do you think?

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