Promising reports are coming out of Turkey that Rafa Benitez has 25-year-old free agent Oguzhan Ozyakup from Besiktas lined up to sign for Newcastle in the summer.
When a top player becomes a free agent, there’s a lot of competition, and that’s been true of the 30 times capped Turkish International midfielder.
We’re also sure Rafa wants to do as many deals as possible even before the transfer window opens in July, so he is not left in the same position by Mike Ashley this summer as he was last summer.
Oguzhan Ozyakup – 25-year-old Besiktas central midfielder
That mess has caused our current umpteenth fight against relegation.
That’s always assuming we survive the drop and Rafa stays with Newcastle.
The news is that Rafa has already met with Ozyakup’s agent Kees Vos and lawyer Alfredo Seco to get the deal agreed to.
So if these reports are accurate we assume the Netherlands-born player has signed a pre-contract agreement that he will sign on a permanent basis for Newcastle in the summer when his Besiktas contract runs out.
With a top class free agent available you sometimes need to give them a signing-on fee and big wages (of course) so it’s not surprising that it is being reported he will become the top wage earner at Newcastle (if and) when he signs.
Ozyakup was previously at AZ and was part of the Arsenal Academy and he finally joined Besiktas back in 2012.
He has played 207 times for Besiktas with 27 goals and 46 assists.
The Besiktas central midfielder has a phenomenal work-rate and will make a huge difference in the middle of the park for Newcastle next season – assuming we sign him.
The 5ft 11ins player is also versatile and has also played in the number 10 position.
We are hoping this news is true.
What do you think?