Turkish giants Besiktas have confirmed that they are close to agreeing a deal for our promising young Dutch-Turkish playmaker Oğuzhan Özyakup.
“Ozzie” has made a few appearances for us in the Carling Cup, and managed a spot on the bench in the league from time to time, but has never really been in contention for a first team place. Despite being reasonably technically gifted, and a good footballer, his lack of any real athleticism meant that it was unlikely that he’d break through in his favoured midfield position.
Besiktas are reportedly paying us €700,000 with a 25% sell-on clause, and Özyakup will earn approximately €600,000 per season.
Until very recently, Özyakup had committed his international future to the country of his birth – the Netherlands – however he recently switched his allegiance to Turkey. German and Dutch-born players of Turkish origin have long been a favourite of both the national team and club teams in Turkey – the league has quotas on the number of foreign nationals in a squad, and players like Özyakup allow them to stay within the quota while still acquiring players of a high technical level.
We at Arseblog News wish the young lad all the best, and will now rapidly forget about him and probably not mention him ever again unless that 25% sell-on clause brings us a massive windfall.