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Transfer Gossip: Arsenal’s Ozil ‘set for Fenerbahce move’, Chelsea ‘make Bakayoko bid’, West Ham ‘to sign Defoe for free’

Why in the wide world of sports would Mesut Ozil want to give up a life in London, competing in the world’s richest league, for one of its biggest clubs, to go and play for Fenerbahce?

Well, several reasons actually, according to the Telegraph.

1) His parents are Turkish, so they’d probably be pleased.
2) He was recently pictured out with “former Miss Turkey Amine Gulse” (and while by definition she isn’t as nice the current Miss Turkey, she has remained in pretty good nick since her 2014 triumph)
3) He is “ready to spend £5m” on a mansion in Istanbul so he can live it with the aforementioned Miss Turkey 2014
4) Fenerbahce might be the only club that want him
5) He might get to play in the Champions League

And when you put it like that, it makes you wonder why we all don’t go and sign for Fenerbahce.

The Telegraph says that, unlike his fellow Arsenal contract rebel Alexis Sanchez, “there are not a host of clubs chasing Ozil” and that Fenerbahce is looking like his “best option” if he decides to leave the Emirates.

The Gunners would want to recoup “at least £30m” of the £42.5m they paid for him in 2013. It would also be nice if could put in a few half-decent performances before he leaves.

West Ham may be set to miss out on Everton-bound Wayne Rooney, but it’s OK because they have identified another ageing England striker they can sign for free. It’s Jermain Defoe.

The Sun says the Hammers will swoop for the in-form 34-year-old if Sunderland go down – and due to a relegation clause in his contract he could be available for nothing. Looks like Hammers fans might have to retire a few potty-mouthed, Defoe-based terrace ditties.

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