Local reporters offer transfer update after big claims that NUFC are close to sealing £13m signing

Just hours after Turkish reports claimed we’d had a £13m bid accepted to sign Besiktas star Oğuzhan Özyakup, North-East reporters Chris Waugh (Chronicle) and Miles Starforth (Gazette) have categorically denied claims he’s set to sign.

The midfielder has been linked with a move to Tyneside over the past few months and the Chronicle have confirmed that he was a midfielder Newcastle had been scouting, however claims of a £13m bid being accepted appear to be wide of the mark.

Chris Waugh’s latest piece does insist that Rafa Benitez is “determined to sign a creative midfielder this summer”, but insists that Besiktas’ Ozyakup is not one of his top targets.

Here’s what they’ve had to say in response to rumours that we’d had a bid accepted for the Turkish international:

It was fun while it lasted!

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About Olly Hawkins

Born in Gateshead, Olly was a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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