By James Strudwick

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic is planning to raid his former club Besiktas for midfielder Kerim Frei, according to The Mirror.

The 22-year-old made his debut for fellow London side Fulham at 17, where he was in the first team for two years.

However, after a short loan spell at Cardiff City in 2012, the Turkish midfielder joined Bilic at Besiktas in 2013 on a five-year deal.

Despite playing well under the 48-year-old manager, Frei has since struggled to hold down a place in the first team in Turkey.

The Croatian is reportdly looking to bring his former charge back to London in the January transfer window in an attempt to strengthen his struggling West Ham side in a deal that could cost the club £3 million.

After their impressive seventh place finish in last year’s campaign, the Hammers are currently 15th in the Premier League having only won two of their first eight games of the season so far.

With Frei struggling for first-team football and Bilic looking to strengthen his out-of-form side, a reunion in January could be on the cards.


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