Championship club plotting bold move for former Arsenal star


Mesut Ozil could be offered a return to English football by new Hull City owner Acun Ilicali, who are keen to sign the former Arsenal midfielder from Fenerbahce.

Ozil, 33, was recently suspended by the Turkish club, along with fellow midfielder Ozan Tufan, amid reports of a falling out with manager Ismail Kartal.

Ozil only joined Fenerbahce in January last year after leaving Arsenal under similarly acrimonious circumstances.

The former Germany international has been deemed surplus to requirements at the Emirates after his relationship with manager Mikel Arteta broke down.

Ozil now faces an uncertain future in Istanbul and Ilicali could be looking to take advantage of the situation.

According to TEAMtalkHull’s new Turkish owner is keen to sign Ozil as part of his plan to bring the club back to the Premier League.

Ilicali has already used contacts in his home country to sign Iranian striker Allahyar Sayyadmanesh on loan from Fenerbahçe in January.

Ozil is currently suspended by Fenerbahce (Image: PA)

Meanwhile, a deal for former Liverpool winger Ryan Babel, who is now at Turkish club Galatasaray, is also reportedly progressing.

It remains to be seen whether Ozil will join Hull, who are currently languishing in 20and in the Championship – although 13 points from the relegation zone.

Ozil’s agent Erkut Sogut has claimed that the player wants to join the first team at Fenerbahce and doesn’t want to leave the club.

Sogut said: “Mesut didn’t want to make things difficult in the current environment. As he doesn’t want to leave Ozan on his own, he is training with him.

Hull City owner Acun Ilicali is reportedly keen on signing Ozil (Image: PA)
Hull City owner Acun Ilicali is reportedly keen on signing Ozil (Image: PA)

“That’s what makes sense right now because of the sad events with the coach.

“Such events are always sad. An unpleasant process began for both parties. The important thing is to stay calm and wait for the final decision.

“I say it clearly here. Mesut isn’t going anywhere, and he certainly has no intention of leaving. He will continue here as a Fenerbahce player for another two years until the end of his contract.

“He signed Fenerbahçe for three and a half years, including six months on free. From January to the end of the season, he didn’t even earn any money.


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