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Crystal Palace: Eagles keen on Okay Yokuslu

Crystal Palace: Eagles keen on Okay Yokuslu - Crystal Palace

Crystal Palace and Leeds United are interested in signing Celta Vigo midfielder Okay Yokuslu, according to El Desmarque, cited by Sports Witness.

The Lowdown: Yokuslu profiled

Yokuslu is currently at Euro 2020 with Turkey and started in the tournament opener against Italy.

The 27-year-old is primarily a defensive midfielder but can play as a centre-back or central midfielder when required.

He spent the second half of the 2020/21 campaign on loan at West Brom, making 16 appearances for the Baggies.

West Brom teammate Kyle Bartley described Yokuslu as ‘tenacious’, whereas former Baggies boss Sam Allardyce even compared him to Fernando Hierro.

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The Latest: Palace and Leeds links

Reports abroad suggest that Celta Vigo are looking to sell Yokuslu this summer, with Palace and Leeds in the picture.

There’s also interest from a Turkish club, however, the player’s agent insisted there is no desire to move to the Super Lig this summer, seemingly giving the Eagles a boost in their attempts to sign the holding midfielder, should they firm up their interest.

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The Verdict: A smart McCarthy replacement?

Palace have the likes of Luka Milivojevic, Jairo Riedewald and James McArthur on the books at Selhurst Park, however, James McCarthy appears to be on the way out of the club, with his deal expiring at the end of the month.

Yokuslu could be a shrewd replacement for the Irishman, which will then give the new Eagles manager four solid central midfield options.

He recorded a Premier League match rating average of 6.96 in his 16 appearances for West Brom, as per WhoScored, a higher score than all four Palace midfielders mentioned, so he could be an upgrade ahead of the 2021/22 campaign.

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