Three Turkish footballers who were involved in an argument that led to a gun being drawn in a hotel room could soon all play in London, for rival clubs.
Arsenal have been linked – via Sky Sports – with a move for Bayer Leverkusen star Omer Toprak.
Meanwhile, across North London, Tottenham Hotspur are interested in Toprak’s Bayer teammate Hakan Calhanolgu, according to the Daily Mail.
The arrival of both players could reignite an old rivalry with West Ham summer signing Gokhan Tore which stretches back to 2013.
Tore almost ripped the Turkish national team apart after the Crescent Stars’ defeat against Netherlands in their final 2014 World Cup qualifier.
International teammates Toprak and Calhanoglu, along with a friend, were at the national team hotel before their flight back to Germany the following morning when Tore, accompanied by a shadowy character whose identity still remains unknown, allegedly burst into the hotel room.
“Then the real story began,” Calhanoglu explained in an interview with the German TV channel ZDF.
“Gokhan’s friend walked over to Omer, pulled out a gun from his jacket and told him he would be shot if he didn’t lay flat on the floor.
“I was lying in a corner. He then came up to me and said: ‘Don’t move or I will shoot you’. I was curled up in the corner of the room, I couldn’t move, I was scared for my life.”
Tore was allegedly furious over Toprak’s friend making advances toward his girlfriend and decided to take matters into his own hands.
Calhanoglu and Tore have since patched things up but relations between the West Ham man and Toprak remain frosty at best.
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