Newcastle After 24-Year-Old Turkish International For Bargain £6.6M Transfer Fee

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.

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4 comments so far

  • ronaldo aarons

    Apr 12, 2018 at 3:16 PM

    Comment #1

    Sounds too close to Joselu lol

  • Dagwoodz

    Apr 12, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #2

    IDK Ronaldo…if Rafa does as Ed states and tests the transfer waters with this one, it could let him know what kind of off-season he’s in for, especially if Fatash is still around (more likely than not, atm). Quick success in the first transfer, or lack thereof, could be the apple that upsets the cart if it doesn’t go through…and sees Rafa walk.

  • Bobbybee

    Apr 12, 2018 at 3:37 PM

    Comment #3

    9,from previous. In effect you answer your own question – nobody’s perfect. That said, it was a clever cross that drew him then moved away beyond his reach. That said, it wasn’t the defences finest moment either. How does someone that size climb above our back four and why was Vardy left unmarked?
    These things will happen from time to time simply because nobody’s perfect.
    One minor error that the defence as a whole should’ve dealt with, not just Dubravka. I can live with that I think. One error in how many games? Bit harsh mate! 🙂

  • Jib

    Apr 12, 2018 at 4:00 PM

    Comment #4

    Rafa has been sacked by a few clubs (the prats)
    Rafa will never be dismissed by Ashley
    In a similar scenario at Napoli to NUFC Rafa did their fans the courtesy
    of announcing his resignation in plenty of time – He had a 2 year contract there
    he has 3 year one here.

    The point I’m trying to make is Rafa is not a walker at the drop of
    a hat like some managers.
    He seems to have learned from his previous appointments that getting
    the fan-base onside is more than half the battle.

    Ashley is pretty much backed into a corner now.
    If he’s got any brains he should just sign the cheques
    and keep his mouth shut .


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