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Injury prevented West Ham from signing Tolgay Arslan in 2015, do they try again?

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Injury prevented West Ham from signing Tolgay Arslan in 2015, do they try again?

David Moyes is also a fan, having targeted him when Sunderland manager.

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?

Schalke’s midfielder Roman Neustaedter and Hamburg’s Turkish midfielder Tolgay Arslan (L) vie for the ball during the German first division Bundesliga football match FC Schalke 04 vs Hamburger SV in Gelsenkirchen, western Germany on April 28, 2013. AFP PHOTO / PATRIK STOLLARZ RESTRICTIONS / EMBARGO – DFL RULES TO LIMIT THE ONLINE USAGE DURING MATCH TIME TO 15 PICTURES PER MATCH. IMAGE SEQUENCES TO SIMULATE VIDEO IS NOT ALLOWED AT ANY TIME. FOR FURTHER QUERIES PLEASE CONTACT THE DFL DIRECTLY AT + 49 69 650050 (Photo credit should read PATRIK STOLLARZ/AFP/Getty Images)

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.

NAPLES, ITALY – OCTOBER 19: Vlad Chiriches (R) of Napoli competes for the ball with Tolgay Arslan of Besiktas during the UEFA Champions League match between SSC Napoli and Besiktas JK at Stadio San Paolo on October 19, 2016 in Naples, . (Photo by Maurizio Lagana/Getty Images)

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.

Sports journalist based in Bristol. Everton fan for my sins.

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