Reports this week have suggested that Newcastle United are set to renew their interest in Besiktas midfielder Tolgay Arslan in the summer.
Skorer in Turkey has reported that Newcastle will be making a move for the player in the summer, after an initial approach in January was rejected. They will face competition from Bayer Leverkusen and Borussia Dortmund, according to the report, but should West Ham join the queue?
West Ham United have been linked with the player before. Back in 2015, when Arslan was still at Hamburg, West Ham were being heavily linked with his signature. Then, as reported by Bild, the German-Turkish midfielder suffered a serious knee injury in training. The negotiations were called off and, before you knew it, Arslan was joining Besiktas.
Not only have West Ham been keen on his signature before, so has David Moyes. When the Scot Sunderland manager it was reported by Fotospor that Moyes was keen to sign Arslan in a £4 million deal. But with the Black Cats looking doomed to relegation, no deal was never likely at any price.
But now both storms align, perhaps perfectly, to bring Arslan to West Ham.
Moyes is a fan and the West Ham board have already dealt with the player before from the previous unsuccessful attempt at signing Arslan.
West Ham, who will need to remain in the Premier League first, need new recruits in the summer.
The club have become something of a laughing stock recently, with poor performances on and off the pitch.
In the centre of midfield West Ham are weak. Mark Noble’s best is behind him whilst Pedro Obiang and Cheikhou Kouyate are inconsistent.
Arslan would represent a perfect solution to the problem area. If Newcastle are making a move for Arslan, West Ham must follow suit. They and Moyes could finally get their man.