By George Overhill

23rd Nov, 2022 | 5:40pm

West Ham United loanee Arthur Masuaku has compulsory clause in Besiktas loan deal

Arthur Masuaku has a compulsory permanent buy clause in his loan deal between West Ham and Besiktas, according to NTV Spor.

The left-back became surplus to requirements at the London Stadium prior to the campaign and headed to Turkey for the season, with an option to make the loan a full transfer for €2.2million [£1.9million].

But it has now emerged that the option becomes an obligation if the 29-year-old starts 25 games across the entire season, whereby he will sign a three-year contract.

He has so far started 12 games, but the prospect of him reaching the full requirement is currently remote as he is out injured with an ankle fracture.

New Besiktas boss Senol Gunes has been unimpressed with the DR Congo international, and the club has reportedly been negotiating an early exit from the loan agreement at the half way stage [Fotospor].

Limbo

Barring a pretty extraordinary series of events it doesn’t look like Masuaku is in any danger of becoming a permanent fixture at the Vodafone Park.

Besiktas are likely to struggle to find another interested team to take over the loan based on his significant injury, and if the manager isn’t impressed he probably won’t get much game time if he is still at the club when fully fit again.

Since the signing of Emerson from Chelsea, there is very little opportunity for him to get a look in back in London, with long-time starter Aaron Cresswell still in situ.

So the player who has made 128 appearances in his West Ham career is stuck between clubs who don’t want him.

It is possible that further injuries in Turkey and a failure to sign a replacement leaves Gunes needing to use him during the second half of the season, but even if that happened he would have to really impress otherwise the manager would probably stop at 24 starts if he had to.

So with his contract expiring in 2024 with the Hammers it seems likely that Masuaku could yet end up back with the club in the summer.