NUFC meet midfielder’s £9m release clause – Rafa wants it done ‘quickly’ & player keen – Report

According to reports in Turkey, Newcastle have now made ‘serious strides’ in their attempt to sign Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Özyakup – claiming that we’ve now met the players new €10m (£8.7m) release clause.

Aksam state that Rafa Benitez wants the deal done quickly (presumably because others clubs could nip in and beat us too it given the low release clause) and also that the player himself is keen on the move to Tyneside.

This one’s a funny one. It was reported a few months ago that Özyakup was a player we’d been watching during scouting trips to Turkey, but the Chronicle played down talk of him signing at St James’ Park just a few weeks ago – stating that he was NOT one of Rafa’s top targets.

As stated below, things can quickly change and may well have if Rafa realised he was forced to look at cheaper options – and Özyakup would be that at just shy of £9m.

At 25 he’s a good age, and he also ticks the box in terms of our need for creativity (27 goals and 50 assists in just over 200 games in Turkey).

He can play as a central midfielder or as a number 10 and is Bestikas’ skipper – so it seems to me like there’s plenty of reasons why this deal could appeal to Rafa.

The Chronicle may play it down (again), but it wouldn’t surprise me if there’s something in this..

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2 thoughts on “NUFC meet midfielder’s £9m release clause – Rafa wants it done ‘quickly’ & player keen – Report

  1. Oz may or may not be better than Perez, but he provides competition and variety in an area we desperately need something. If we cannot afford better, then we definitely cannot afford to miss out on this.
    And, lets face it, there ain’t that much money around, especially if we get the two strikers we need, we will need to spend 30+M and 20+M, so even with incoming of 40M (from TV money, while Ashley steals the other 80M, despite having said all money earnt goes to incoming – the ****ing liar) and another 20M (for Mitro) plus 10M (for Gayle) plus 8M (for Merino) plus 5M (for Mbemba) plus 2M (for Saivet) plus 2M (for Colback) plus possible another 2-3M for a half dozen others that need to be moved on…
    It just ain’t looking good. So, it’s never an option to wait for the perfect deal, we can’t afford to not take a reasonable deal when it is there. Get him in, Chumley!


  2. I will eat my beer glass if this happens in the next week….Ashley is now apparently blaming Rafa for lack of transfers as he has not signed his contract…..Get out of our club you Fat Cuckoo…


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