Turkish giants Beskitas are keen on pursuing a deal for out-of-favour Everton midfielder Davy Klaassen, according to Turkish outlet Fanatik, and are planning to use want-away play-maker Oguzhan Ozyakup as bargaining power for the Dutchman.
Klaassen endured a meagre start to life in the Premier League since joining from Dutch heavyweights Ajax last summer. He was limited to just 248 minutes of domestic action, after failing to convince both Ronald Koeman and Sam Allardyce that he was worthy of a regular place, despite his hefty £23 million price tag.
The 25-year-old found himself playing second-fiddle to club-record signing Gylfi Sigurdsson, who was often deployed as the only creative midfielder in a pragmatic Allardyce outfit, but the arrival of Marco Silva could signify a change of fortune next term.
Silva has been brought to Everton to bring attacking and progressive football back to Goodison Park and there’s no question he could revive Klaassen’s career on Merseyside.
As an obvious fan of deep-lying play-makers – having handed Will Hughes a crack at Premier League football at Watford – the manager is likely to give Klaassen another chance to show the creative ability evident from his days in the Eredivisie.
However, Silva has also been courting Ozyakup and is weighing up a loan move for the Turkish international. But Besiktas are asserting that any deal for Ozyakup must involve Klaassen, and the deal just isn’t worth pursuing further.
Klaassen has already expressed his desire to remain with the club next season, in quotes via the club website, and completing a deal for another central midfielder of the same age isn’t logical when the Dutchman has yet to show his brilliant qualities.
More-so, Arsenal’s academy graduate Ozyakup is hardly setting the world alight with his performances in Turkey this term, having failed to score in 37 appearances, although he has bagged a respectable eight assists.