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Report: Newcastle activates $12m release clause of ex-Arsenal youth

Besiktas JK v Asteras Tripolis FC - UEFA Europa League

ISTANBUL, TURKEY - SEPTEMBER 18: Oguzhan Ozyakup of Besiktas in action during the UEFA Europa League Group C match between Besiktas JK and Asteras Tripolis FC at the Ataturk Olympic Stadium in Istanbul, on September 18, 2014 in Istanbul,Turkey. (Photo by Burak Kara/Getty Images)

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Reports out of Turkey say Newcastle United have finally struck the transfer market for a new No. 10.

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Aksam reports that Rafa Benitez got the Magpies hierarchy to activate a near $12 million release clause for Besiktas midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.

The 25-year-old was part of Arsenal’s youth set-up until 2012, making two League Cup appearances in 2011-12 before moving to Besiktas.

Dutch-born Ozyakup is 35-times capped with a goal for Turkey, twice captaining the Crescent-Stars.

Ozyakup lost playing time to Talisca this season, and registered just four assists in 24 appearances. In 219 appearances for Besiktas, he’s posted 27 goals with 50 assists.

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