Beşiktaş and Everton in negotiations over Denys Boyko

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Updated: May 24, 2016

Everton have been following the exploits of Ukraine international goalkeeper Denys Boyko since the last Summer transfer window and were linked with a move for him this past January, but Beşiktaş ended up signing him instead.

Boyko was brought in to replace Tolga Zengin and the Black Eagles’ fans had high hopes after witnessing his stellar performances in last season’s edition of the UEFA Europa League, in which he led Dnipro Dnipropretovsk to the tournament’s final against Sevilla, knocking out Napoli, Club Brugge and Ajax allong the way.

Despite high hopes that they had finally found their number one, Boyko could not convince Beşiktaş in the few matches that he played. He ended the 2015/16 season with just 5 appearances for the Black Eagles and in those appearances made several errors, managing only one clean sheet. Neither the club or the player are too happy with the current situation and Boyko requested the board to allow his agent to start talks with other clubs.

Boyko’s agent Vadim Shabliy was recently in Liverpool and is believed to have had talks with Everton’s representatives regarding his client. The big question for Everton remains whether or nto Boyko will be able to get a player’s permit, while he is part of the Ukraine’s squad for EURO 2016, he is currently behind Pyatov in the picking order. Additionally, Everton are yet to appoint a new coach and may want to hold off finalizing the deal until their new coach has approved of the player.

Beşiktaş have already started looking for a replacement for Boyko and have opened talks with Benoît Costil (Stade-Rennes) and Steve Mandanda (Olympique Marseille), both part of the French national team and both free agents this Summer.

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Kaan Bayazit

Editor-in-chief at Beşiktaş International
Freelance sports writer specialized in Turkish football and Beşiktaş. Co-host of the Black Eagles podcast. Frequently featured in World Soccer Digest Japan and many other international media outlets. Following Turkish football for close to two decades. Proud father to Aedin.
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