According to Turkish newspaper Aksam, Newcastle United have activated an £8.8m release clause in the contract of Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.
The 25-year-old, who has previously been linked with a return to Arsenal, contributed eight assists in 37 appearances for his Turkish club last season.
Ozyakup recently signed a new contract with Besiktas, but it is understood that the deal has an £8.8m release clause, which Newcastle have decided to activate.
Magpies boss Rafael Benitez is said to be keen to tie up a deal before the end of the month, with a number of other clubs closely monitoring developments.
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The 35-time Turkey international started his professional career at Arsenal, but only made two first-team appearances for the Gunners before making the move to Besiktas in 2012.
The midfielder has gone from strength to strength at his Turkish club over the last few years, and could well turn out to be a star in the Premier League.
The Newcastle fans have been airing their views on the speculation on social media, and a selection of the Twitter reaction can be seen below:
this is one player i feel we should be in for no excuses within price range will add quality into our side and isnt just a plwyer to do a job as rafa put most of his signings last summer.
— Dean Dodds (@doddsy1991) June 19, 2018
Turkish media are rarely correct
— Miles Davis (@Money_Miles) June 19, 2018
If it happens, Merino replacement?
— Jon Ewing (@TheEwing9) June 19, 2018
Is he any good, better than our current midfield?
— Kev (@toonosaurus) June 19, 2018
No they haven’t
— paul dent (@paulo51) June 19, 2018
Good good. Finally
— adam thompson (@histonadam85) June 19, 2018
Merino out? Ozyakup in? #NUFC
— colin oliver (@100Magpie) June 19, 2018