West Ham face competition in the race to sign Erkan Eyibil. The Hammers and Newcastle United were linked with Eyibil back in mid-March (as per Turkish Football).
But now a host of new clubs are competing for the Mainz midfielder. Aston Villa are one of the teams to have joined this multi-club pursuit.
The chase for Erkan Eyibil
According to the latest report by Turkish Football, promotion-chasing Championship duo Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion want Eyibil too.
Both clubs are based in the West Midlands and face each other in the semi-final of the Championship play-offs. But they are also set to face off in this transfer battle.
But this English quartet must also fend off competition from Turkey. Besiktas and Fenerbahce are keen on Eyibil moving to the Turkish Super Lig.
West Ham are reportedly one of six clubs interested in Eyibil this summer. With one year left on his contract, there is a mad rush to snap him up with Mainz also desperate for him to pen an extension.
Erkan Eyibil: ‘The new Mesut Ozil’
Eyibil has drawn comparisons with Arsenal midfielder Mesut Ozil. Given the fact that he is an ethnic Turk living in Germany and a left-footed attacking midfield playmaker, this hardly comes as a surprise.
But the 17-year-old’s statistics tell you just how good he could be. In 19 games this season, Eyibil has scored 15 goals and set up five assists for Mainz’s U19 team.
Before this season, he was playing for the U17 team. And with 27 goals and 27 assists in 47 games, the Germany U18 starlet has proven just how much of an exciting talent he is.
Perhaps this is worth the risk for West Ham. With his contract expiring in summer 2020, Eyibil could prove to be a bargain if he fulfils his potential at senior level.