Newcastle are reported to be interested in signing 24-year-old Trabzonspor’s defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu.
He has been called Turkey’s answer to Barcelona and Spain midfielder Sergio Busquets, because of his similar style and ability to win the ball back and set up attacks.
The 11 times capped Turkish International is also said to be interesting West Brom and West Ham, although West Brom will be out of the race if they are relegated – which is very likely.
Turkish Football are reporting that Newcastle have sent scouts to watch the player and it’s extremely likely that Rafa will want to bring in another defensive midfielder this summer to increase the competition for places at the club.
24-year-old Trabzonspor’s defensive midfielder Okay Yokuslu
There have been reprots the player has a release clause in his contract for only £6.6M and that would be a bargain price for Newcastle if Rafa indeed wants the player.
Yokuslu has been one of the best players in Turkey’s Super Lig this season, and West Brom made a bid for him in January, but it was rejected.
Spanish publication AS has already reported that West Ham United are another Premier League club who are interested in signing the players who has played for all the Turkey Youth sides from U15 through U21.
It’s unclear if David Moyes will be the manager for next season for the Hammers since he signed a deal for only six months last November, so that could delay them buying new players this summer.
If Rafa really wants this player at Newcastle, he will likely ask owner Mike Ashley and Managing Director Lee Charnley to go out and buy the player quickly this summer as a sign (or a test) that they can match Rafa’s ambitions for the famous north-east club.
Yokuslu made his Super Lig debut when he played for Kayserispor against Antalyaspor on 16 September 2011 when he was just 17 years old.
He made his full International debut for Turkey against Greece in a friendly in November 2015 after moving to Trabzonspor.