Everton have taken the lead in the race to sign alleged West Ham target Zeki Celik, according to a report from Turkish Football.

In fact, the website claims that the Toffees are in talks to sign the 23-year-old.

Hammers boss David Moyes will be keen to bring an established right-back to the London Stadium this summer.

The same can be said of Carlo Ancelotti at Goodison Park.

And Celik would be the ideal addition for either Everton or West Ham.

Lille OSC v Olympique Lyonnais - Ligue 1

Zeki Celik (Photo by Jean Catuffe/Getty Images)

Stats

The 23-year-old has attacking prowess – something that is so important for modern day full-backs. Anyone who watched Lille last season would have seen how well he linked up with Nicolas Pepe down the right-hand flank.

 

In the 2018/19 campaign, Celik racked up five assists in 34 games for Lille (Who Scored). That is clearly a very impressive return.

This season, the Turk notched up three assists in 23 Ligue 1 games.

Lille v Olympique Marseille - French League 1

Zeki Celik in action (Photo by Jeroen Meuwsen/Soccrates/Getty Images)

In those 23 outings, the 23-year-old has averaged 2.3 tackles, 1.1 interceptions and 1.4 clearances per game. He clearly likes to get forward too, with an average of 1.4 dribbles per game during those outings (Who Scored).

Turkish Football claims that the Merseyside outfit have opened discussions with an offer of around £13.5 million for the right-back. And that would be great value in the current market.

Celik seems to have all the makings of a top player. He would undoubtedly improve West Ham.

But it seems as though David Moyes has his work cut-out, with Everton allegedly already in talks with the Turkey international.

Have something to tell us about this article?