Besiktas rebuffed West Ham United as the East London club tries to find its’ way into the upper echelons of the Premier League and into European competition again. According to talkSPORT, the Hammers won’t be deterred in their pursuit of former Cardiff City midfielder Gary Medel, 31.
The Turkish giants are ready to sell the Chile international to alleviate their own financial problems. However, they are determined to raise more than the £6.5m initially offered by West Ham.
For a club used to challenging for the title, this season where they are currently sitting seventh in the table. Already, the Black Eagles lost central defender Pepe, 35, formerly of Real Madrid, a week before Christmas. Alvaro Negredo, 33, departed in September and is now with Al-Nasr in Dubai.
Medel is a vastly experienced international with 114 caps and was a member of the Copa America teams in 2015 and 2016. On both occasions, the combative midfielder was named in the team of the tournament.
With 18 months remaining on his contract, the January and summer transfer windows are Besiktas’ last chance to raise significant funds to ease their situation.
Manuel Pellegrini is desperate to strengthen his midfield as the Hammers climbed to 9th place in the top-flight. Currently, they are five points off 6th place with the prospect of European football next season tantalisingly within their grasp.