According to reports from Turkey, West Bromwich Albion are tracking Fenerbahce midfielder, Ozan Tufan, ahead of the summer transfer window.
The report by Sabah (via Sport Witness) claims that a number of Premier League clubs, including West Brom, Everton and Crystal Palace, are keen on a move for Tufan this summer, with Sam Allardyce’s side specifically mentioned as being “closely interested” in the 26-year-old central midfielder.
However, Sabah go on to claim that West Brom’s likely relegation from the top flight could result in Tufan being put off of a potential switch to The Hawthorns, with the player already reported to not “look very warmly” on a move to the club.
Furthermore, with Fenerbahce said to be expecting any potential buyer to pay the Turkey international’s €20 million (£17 million) release clause if they are to part with the midfielder, should West Brom indeed drop down to the Championship come the end of the season, it is questionable whether the Baggies would be able to afford such a deal.
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Putting aside the potential complications of a West Brom move for Tufan, after looking at the 26-year-old’s statistics, it would certainly appear as if the midfielder would make a fine addition to Allardyce’s options in the middle of the park.
So far this season, the £8.55 million-rated Fenerbahce star has scored five goals and registered six assists over his 26 Super Lig appearances, while the player’s previous manager at the Turkish side, Vitor Pereira, drew comparisons between Tufan and Yaya Toure.
However, with the sizeable transfer fee, in addition to the player’s apparent lack of interest, it would very much seem as if West Brom have will face a real struggle to get a deal for Tufan over the line this summer.
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