West Ham and Everton Set to Lock Horns Over Signing Box-to-box Midfielder

Premier League rivals West Ham United and Everton are both determined to sign Besiktas midfielder Veli Kavlak, as per Turkish newspaper Milliyet.

Kavlak has missed the entire season with the injury but was the backbone of the Turkish giants for the previous two seasons under the stewardship of the Hammers manager Slaven Bilic.

The Croatian tactician is a self-confessed fan of the box-to-box midfielder and helped develop Kavlak into one of the most sought after players in the league during his time in charge of Besiktas.

The 27-year-old is close to making a full recovery from his shoulder injury and is reported to be keen on performing under the stewardship of Bilic once again.

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The hard working midfielder recently stated that Bilic was like a father figure to him during his time in charge of the Istanbul giants.

“He [Bilic] was like a father for me. He always supported me and gave me freedom to express myself,” Kavlak was quoted as saying by the daily newspaper Radikal.

The 25-year-old joined Beşiktaş for £600,000 from Rapid Vienna in 2011 and has eight goals and 14 assists in 144 appearances for the Black Eagles.