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Crystal Palace: Club prepared to pounce on Ozan Tufan as a free agent

Crystal Palace: Club prepared to pounce on Ozan Tufan as a free agent

Crystal Palace are lining up a move for Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan as a free agent at the end of the season, reports suggest.

According to Turkish newspaper Star (via Sport Witness), Palace are keen to sign the 24-year-old when his contract expires at the end of the season, although Fenerbahce are keen to hang onto him.

The original report says that Tufan has notified the club about the interest from Palace, which has forced the club to do everything they can to keep him at the club.

The midfielder was loaned out to Alanyaspor last campaign but has become a more influential player this season, playing every game this season in the league for the Yellow Canaries.

While Tufan is predominantly a central midfielder, he also has the capabilities to play either on the right wing or at right-back, which makes the player a whole lot more attractive to Crystal Palace.

The Eagles currently have more central midfielders than sense. In fact, out of their 24-man squad, eight of them are capable of playing central midfield (Transfermarkt, including Jeffrey Schlupp and Jairo Riedewald), whereas in the full-back position, they only have two options in Joel Ward and Martin Kelly – with the latter much more comfortable at centre-back nowadays.

There are no guarantees that Tufan would start if he came to Selhurst Park, though he would be able to give Palace greater depth while he is someone of a relatively young age to add to the squad.

If Palace could pick Tufan up on relatively cheap wages, there isn’t much risk to this deal and it could help add much-needed depth to the full-back positions.

He has also been in great form for Fenerbahce so far this season. According to WhoScored, in his seven matches, he has an average rating of 7.24/10. Of the four games he has played at right-back, he has an even better rating of 7.31, so perhaps that’s what has been catching Palace’s eye.

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