West Ham United join race for Turkish Goal King Burak Yilmaz
West Ham are the latest club to be linked with making a move for highly sought-after Trabzonspor striker Burak Yilmaz.
The Hammers are reported to have opened talks with the strikers agent Ali Egesel however, rumors that Yilmaz will arrive in London for a medical have not been confirmed.
Lazio were leading the race to sign Yilmaz until negotiations broke down following the Seria A side's reluctance to pay his €5 million release clause upfront.
The East London club also face competition from Fulham and Tottenham. Trabzonspor president Sadri Şener told reporters, "Tottenham and Fulham are also interested in Burak Yilmaz, we shall see what happens" he said.
West Ham were promoted to the Premiership last season and have been active in the transfer market investing in strengthening the squad for the league campaign.
Yilmaz has been in prolific form for Trabzonspor over the past two seasons. He guided the Black Sea club to pole position in the league last year scoring 19 times, only to lose out on winning the championship to Fenerbahce on goal difference.
The 26-year-old Turkish international netted 35 times in 41 games this season and his modest €5 million release clause has attracted the attention of major clubs across Europe.
Yilmaz broke the clubs all time scoring record in the league this season, scoring 51% of Trabzonspor's 65 goals.
In an interview on TRT's football program, Stadyum earlier this year, Yilmaz stated that he would consider a move to Spain or England if the right offer was made.
Liverpool, Sunderland, Atletico Madrid, Rubin Kazan, Ajax and Galatasaray have also been linked with the Turkish Goal King.