West Ham boss Bilic compares transfer target to Ozil

Date published: Wednesday 28th October 2015 5:03

Oguzhan Ozyakup: Midfielder compared to Mesut Ozil

Oguzhan Ozyakup: Midfielder compared to Mesut Ozil

West Ham boss Slaven Bilic has heaped praise on potential transfer target Oguzhan Ozyakup – likening the midfielder to Arsenal’s Mesut Ozil.

The Turkey international is well-known to Bilic – with the pair having worked together while the Croatian was in charge of Besiktas.

“I do not conceal my admiration for the Turkish national team,” Bilic told Fanatik.

“Yes, Oguzhan Ozyakup is for me Turkey’s best, most talented footballer. Harmony on the field, the intelligence and quality in the pass really needs to be appreciated. I liken him to a snake, he moves like a snake, he rules out the competition.

“Sometimes there has been negative comments made about his physique. It is stated that further strengthening is needed. Yes, they need physical strength, but mental as well. The more muscle means you are less limber. See Mesut Ozil, physically he and Oguzhan are exactly the same.”

Question marks remain whether the Hammers will move for the 23-year-old – who was on the books at Arsenal as a youngster – as Bilic has an abundance of attacking talent on his hands at Upton Park.

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