Arsenal boss Arséne Wenger is scouting Europe for suitable additions in January, due to injuries to a number of first team players this term. The Gunners are in a title race with Manchester City as they are currently level on points and, Wenger knows injuries could derail their chances of clinching the title they last won in 2004.
Now the French tactician is reportedly on the tail of one of the club’s former youth prodigy. As per the Metro, Arsenal have sent their reliable scouts to watch their former player Oğuzhan Özyakup who now lines up as a midfielder for Beşiktaş.
Özyakup, 23, left the Emirates in 2012 without playing a single Premier League game for the Gunners, but the Turkey international could now be in line for a stunning return to north London – with a £7.1m move on the cards, according to the aforementioned source.
The midfielder bagged a superb winning goal for Beşiktaş against Bursaspor in the Turkish top flight at the weekend, and has become an integral member of the team since joining.
With Mikel Arteta and Mathieu Flamini likely to leave Arsenal at the end of the season, Özyakup – who has bagged 15 goals and amassed 30 assists for Beşiktaş – will be a good fit for Arsene Wenger who is looking for a deep lying midfielder to complement Francis Coquelin.
Arsenal will travel to West Bromwich Albion after the international break, with the sole aim of returning to winning ways after a 5-1 defeat to Bayern Munich and a 1-1 draw against Tottenham in the north London derby last Sunday.