Turkish giants eyeing move for Arsenal defensive midfielder

Arsenal midfielder Mohamed Elneny is reportedly the subject of transfer interest from Turkish club Besiktas and circumstances could pave the way for a January transfer for the Egyptian.

Fellow midfielder Thomas Partey – purchased from Atletico Madrid for £45 million in October – has only made six appearances since signing due to recurring injury problems.

But with the Ghana international set to make his long-awaited return, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta could turn to Mohamed less frequently when naming his Premier League matchday rosters.

As reported by Turkish outlet Aksam, Sergen Yalcin’s outfit are keen to bring the Egyptian midfielder back on loan after a stellar 36 matches during his temporary spell in Istanbul last season.

The 79-cap international started the campaign strongly but has struggled to hold down a starting spot in Mikel’s side.

Thomas’ revival could further limit the 28-year-old’s game time and so a move away could prove beneficial to both player and club.

The 27-year-old made his comeback from a thigh injury in the north London derby last year’s December but suffered an instant setback.

He was criticised in some quarters for leaving the field in first-half added time with a knock during a Tottenham Hotspur attack, from which the Gunners’ opponents scored.

But last week Mikel hailed him as an ‘enormous talent’ and backed the player to have a transformative effect on the team.

Sportsmail also reported this week that Arsenal have also been linked with Sevilla’s Joan Jordan in an attempt to bolster their midfield.

The former Atletico Madrid man could feature in his side’s 3rd round FA Cup match against Newcastle United on Saturday.