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Exclusive – Newcastle Have Bid Of €15M Accepted For One Of Rafa’s Top Targets

There’s an exclusive in Fotospor that Turkish side Besiktas have accepted a €15M bid (£13.2M) from Newcastle United for their central midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old has been capped 30 times for Turkey and Newcastle have been after him all this year.

He was reported to be out of contract at the end of June, but if Newcastle have to pay a fee for him then he must have signed a new contract to ensure Besiktas get some money for him.

He was previously at Arsenal, and when he was sold to Besiktas six years ago, there was a sell-on clause of 30% in the contract; that was on any profit Besiktas get when he is transferred.

25-year-old Turkish central midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup

Since he was sold by Arsenal for only £500K, that’s a profit of about £12.7M on the deal, and therefore Arsenal are due £3.8M.

It’s not surprising the Turkish club are trying to get Arsenal to reduce the 30% sell on clause, which is a large percentage.

The news is Besiktas want it reduced to 10%, and that would mean Arsenal get £1.27M.

The news from Turkey is not always accurate, but in this case, if it is true it could mean that Rafa has got one of his top targets for this summer – great news!

And it’s at a reasonable price – even though a free transfer obviously would have been better.

Ozyakup was born in Zaandam, Netherlands, to Turkish parents who emigrated to the Netherlands from Trabzon in northeast Turkey.

Here’s some information on the type of player Oguzhan Ozyakup is:

“Ozyakup is an energetic attacking-minded central midfielder and able to play simple and quickly.”

“Ozyakup can lead the team play – he is skillful at finishing and possesses a high level of anticipation.”

“That allows him to be at the right place (at the right time) on the pitch.”

That’s from former Besiktas and Turkish international forward Feyyaz Ucar – who is now 54 and manager of Turkish club Van BB.

Ozyakup would be an excellent signing for us and would add significant competition to out midfield.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

20 comments so far

  • jane

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:08 PM

    Comment #1

    sounds good but how do you pronounce Oguzhan Ozyakup

  • JamesToon

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #2

    Want us to try and integrate Victor Fernandez into the first team next season, he’s one with massive potential imo, but how do we do that when we have ritchie murphy atsu and trying to get kenedy on a perm?

  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:11 PM

    Comment #3

    The “z” is silent
    Like “p” in long grass
    I’ll get me coat

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #4

    Lunch at the cricket. England 141 ahead with three Pakistani wickets down. This game is role reversal from the first. Could win this before the day is out.

    Lascelles, yes mate, ideally the Gallowgate would suit safe standing. Tbh I only used Level Seven as an example because I believe it holds ten thousand and it made the maths easier.

    Regardless of where it is, if we really want to increase our capacity that won’t involve moving or asking Le Knacka to fork out a fortune to extend anywhere – not that there’s many places we can extend – then I don’t really see another option. I’m all ears though if anybody has better ideas.

  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:12 PM

    Comment #5

    The rain in Leeds may save Pakistan today

  • Bobbybee

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:14 PM

    Comment #6

    Not seen the forecast jib – is it doom n gloom?

  • ArtyH

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:19 PM

    Comment #7

    @ Jib, the ” P ” is silent as in bath water 😉

  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:22 PM

    Comment #8

    Arty yours is better

  • Jib

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:23 PM

    Comment #9

    big black clouds coming in from t’East (as they say in Yorkshire)

  • jane

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:24 PM

    Comment #10
  • Chancel My MBembaship

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #11

    jane – this might help by breaking up each name… Ozu-zhan Oz-yakup. That’s one of the less difficult names to pronounce of the players we could have signed from Turkey!

  • jane

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:37 PM

    Comment #12
  • ilovetoon8788

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:38 PM

    Comment #13

    Rubbish story that won’t be happening. No transfer will take place until benitez future is sorted.

  • Tsunki

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:50 PM

    Comment #14

    Ozzy. Stop tormenting yourselves. I used to cringe hearing people pronounce Wijnaldum as “Wijnum” just give up, shorten it to something simple and be done. 🙂 Why do you think we called Pierre Emericericky Obemayersuiangang PEA?

    Plus he’ll not be coming anyway ha ha

  • ronaldo aarons

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:51 PM

    Comment #15

    This player reportedly signed a new contract but had a release clause of about £10m or about 12 in euros. He is a good player but not sure where he would player. He seems to play better at cm than am but in this league I don’t think he does enough defensively to play as 2 cm in 4231, certainly doesn’t do enough defensively to start under Rafa. He is physically lacking too which is an issue. He is very creative though and passes and moves very well, technically very good. He actually reminds me of cazorla at Arsenal when he played further back. Won’t get the assists but creates openings for others.

    Think this story is nonsense and attributed to being a Sunday. If we had serious interest in him we could have tried to agree a deal with him in Jan to join us this summer on a free.

  • DaveD1000

    Jun 3, 2018 at 1:57 PM

    Comment #16

    Oggy Ketchup


    Jun 3, 2018 at 3:46 PM

    Comment #17

    Why doesnt a reporter ring up the club & ask if it is true instead of “it has been reported”

  • Geordie-john

    Jun 3, 2018 at 7:49 PM

    Comment #18

    Nowt exciting happening in makem land to day for a change I see

  • NUFC 1892

    Jun 3, 2018 at 10:08 PM

    Comment #19

    hi every1

    is this a cricket or football blog?

    Geordie till I die



    Jun 4, 2018 at 1:17 AM

    Comment #20

    Exclusive? maybe because it is rubbish & only posted here


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