Crystal Palace target Ozan Tufan has allegedly put his contract talks on hold with Fenerbahce as he looks to consider his options elsewhere.
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Turkish outlet Takvim (Sport Witness) has reported that his club is looking to extend his contract, however, the alleged interest from the Eagles and Leicester City have made things difficult for the Yellow Canaries.
Tufan has been in great form this season after failing to impress initially at the club. After spending last season on loan at Alanyaspor, he has returned this season as a first-choice player.
Reportedly, the 49-time capped midfielder has ‘delayed contract negotiations’ as he is ‘considering his options’.
With Tufan being able to play in central midfield, right back and right-wing, Palace would be signing someone who feels comfortable in many positions – something which could really help the Eagles’ lack of options. Indeed, as per Transfermarkt, he’s made 80 of his career appearances as a holding option in the engine room, with 20 at full-back and even 39 as an attacking midfielder.
At the moment, they have just Joel Ward and Martin Kelly who are capable of playing at right-back, which doesn’t leave much-attacking threat. Ward hasn’t registered an assist in the league in the past two seasons and Martin Kelly hasn’t really played at right-back for Roy Hodgson with the former and Aaron Wan-Bissaka both previously available.
Keeping in mind that both defenders are now in or approaching their 30s, Palace could do with some fresh legs in that position as well as someone who can offer more of an attacking threat. Tufan at 24 has a lot of potential to grow as well as giving the team more of a threat going forward, as shown by his one goal this season. All in all, he’s bagged 13 goals over the course of his career from the engine room, so does have previous when it comes to scoring from there.
Palace need more numbers at full-back after failing to replace Wan-Bissaka in the summer, so Tufan could be a good option.
Furthermore, the player’s versatility allows for him to also play in midfield, so he could have the potential to work his way into the team via a couple of different methods, which will only help Hodgson.
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