West Ham face competition from Leicester City in their attempts to sign Hakan Calhanoglu, according to Calciomercato. Turkish club Fenerbahce are also keen but they might be priced out of a deal.
AC Milan have Calhanoglu tied down until 2021 but they might let him leave. It would cost the Hammers around €30m (over £25m) to sign him.
West Ham’s interest in Calhanoglu has been reported recently. But this latest update claims West Ham have contacted the player’s representatives to discuss a deal.
With Leicester now in the hunt for Calhanoglu, it appears that West Ham have ramped up their pursuit of the midfield man.
Who is Hakan Calhanoglu?
Calhanoglu is an attacking midfielder who predominantly operates from the left flank. He is versatile, though, and can play in the middle or out wide on the right.
The 25-year-old previously played for Bayer Leverkusen, where he gained an international reputation for his free-kick ability.
But he has failed to hit the heights expected of him this season. With just two goals for AC Milan this season, Calhanoglu’s end product has been questionable.
However, the Turkey international has provided 13 assists for team-mates. West Ham have numerous options in attacking midfield and would be spending a hefty fee on Calhanoglu.
But reports indicate that the German-born midfielder could finally be moving to the Premier League.