Manchester United striker Robin van Persie appears to be attracting yet more attention from Turkey, with Besiktas the latest Super Lig club to declare their interest in signing the player.
Despite playing a pivotal role during the club's last title success in 2013, the Dutchman's future at Old Trafford has been subject to growing uncertainty over recent months, with his current contract due to expire next summer and no indication given that he has yet entered into any negotiations regarding a possible extension.
Having sought to cool speculation that he was close to joining Lazio by insisting to Voetbal International that a recent trip to Rome was merely a holiday, other speculation has suggested that Van Persie is being coveted by Istanbul's biggest rivals.
"No manager would be able to say no to Van Persie. However, we cannot spend beyond our means. We hope to come to an agreement with him."
Hamzoglu, citing a need to exercise financial caution next season, later appeared to confirm to Spor 3 that Gala had withdrawn from the race to sign the 31 year old, leading The Mirror to speculate that reigning champions Fenerbahce, reported by The Guardian to be on the verge of completing a deal for winger Nani, were ready to step up their efforts to sign another United player.
It looks as though they will face stern competition from another domestic rival in Besiktas, however, with director Yalcin Kaya Yilmaz suggesting that a bid for Van Persie could be possible despite the costs involved, given the money that would likely be made back as the result of such a high-profile arrival.
"If the conditions are right and if he also wants to come we are willing to make an offer, even if it would push us to the limit financially," he told Haberturk.
"He would really get the crowd going at the stadium and sales from season tickets and merchandise alone would be able to make back our investment."