Besiktas left winger Gokhan Tore has been a focus of Slaven Bilic for a while but now it’s emerged he is also targeted team-mate Atiba Hutchinson. They both played under the West Ham manager at the Turkish club.
Hutchinson, 33, played right-back and deep midfield at the club which won the Super Lig title.
Bilic confirmed to the Evening Standard they were targets adding: “We also have others but they are the major targets. Will it happen? Nobody can say yet.
“I want one transfer [deal] for both. More than one thing has to happen for this deal. When a club wants a player it depends on how much [Besiktas] want to sell a player and how much they are asking.”
After only a short lead-in at the beginning of last season, in which he more or less threw away the Europa League, Bilic is keen to put his stylish imprint on West Ham’s play in the new stadium.
One of those earmarked for departure, according to reports, is popular defender and Academy graduate James Tomkins, who is being followed by Stoke City and West Brom. He signed a five-year deal last summer but wasn’t an automatic choice, only played 25 matches in the Premier League.
Diafra Sakho may also be eyeing an exit after apparently seeking assurances about his future after the club’s much-publicised hunt for a striker. Sunderland are said to be waiting on the result of his deliberations.
“If you look at Diafra, he is a victim of the success West Ham have had. Now they are going to the Olympic Stadium, they want to kick on and he may just be left behind. He’s not that star name they are looking for maybe,” agent Mark McKay told Sky Sports News .
The manager is currently on pundit duty for ITV, taking the gratitude of the French nation for the turn-around in the fortunes of man-of-the-tournament Dimitri Payet who scored his second goal for the host nation against Albania on Wednesday (June 16) prompting an elaborate desktop celebration from his manager.
But Bilic’s joy may be tempered with the knowledge that Payet’s sublime displays have put him among Europe’s most wanted, with a price tag of around £60million and with clubs like Chelsea, Manchester City and Paris Saint-Germain suddenly interested.