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West Ham strike deal with Turkish giants for permanent out-of-window transfer

Arthur Masuaku Besiktas

West Ham United have confirmed that defender Arthur Masuaku has completed a permanent transfer to Turkish giants Besiktas.

The left-back moved to Turkey on a season-long loan last summer after struggling for regular game time under David Moyes at the London Stadium during the 2021/2022 campaign.

The 29-year-old has, however, become an established starter at the Super Lig outfit, scoring twice and adding four assists in 27 games in all competitions this term.

And it’s now been confirmed by West Ham that the temporary stay has turned into a permanent one.

It ends Masuaku’s close to six-year stay in the capital, with Besiktas thought to have activated the option to buy the DR Congo international for a fee in the region of just £2million.

Masuaku joined the Hammers from Greek side Olympiacos in the summer of 2016. He went on to make 128 appearances for the club, with 105 of those games coming in the Premier League.

His only two West Ham goals came in a Carabao Cup win over Bolton and in a 3-2 Premier League win over Chelsea in December 2021.

Masuaku no longer a fit for Moyes

The Hammers felt Masuaku was surplus to requirements as they have used Aaron Creswell and Emerson Palmieri for the left-back role this season.

Moyes’ men are currently 15th in the Premier League table, four points above the drop zone after Sunday’s come-from-behind 2-2 draw with leaders Arsenal at the London Stadium.

West Ham are next in action on Sunday when they head to relegation rivals Bournemouth for a massive six-pointer.

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