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Crystal Palace target Ozan Tufan could be the ideal heir to James McCarthy

Crystal Palace are reportedly leading the race to sign Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan but will have to step up their efforts to sign him in the January transfer window.

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Tufan is believed to be keen on a move to the Premier League, according to reports, with the Eagles eager to add to their midfield ranks with one of the most sought after players in Europe.

According to Sporx, as per Sport Witness, the 25-year-old midfield dynamo is ‘very close’ to a switch to Selhurst Park. However, it’s understood Palace are still some way from reaching an agreement to sign Tufan from Fenerbahce amid interest from a whole host of clubs across Europe.

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Although Palace have made an offer in the region of €10m for his services, it’s claimed there is a fundamental gap between both parties that has yet to be resolved.

Ideal heir to James McCarthy?

The Eagles are keen to bolster their midfield options and Roy Hodgson could view Tufan as a sure-fire replacement for James McCarthy, who has been heavily linked with the Selhurst Park exit.

Tufan has established himself as one of the top talents in his home country after moving to Fenerbahce from his hometown club of Bursapor in 2015. He has since been linked with a move to Palace, although they face stiff competition from Premier League strugglers West Bromwich Albion to secure his services.

While Jairo Riedewald has been a total revelation this season, Hodgson has struggled to settle for his preferred pairing in the midfield. Club captain Luka Milivojevic, James McArthur and McCarthy are the trio battling to bag a spot, but there are still questions hanging over all of them.

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The £9m-rated 55-cap Turkey international has previously drawn comparisons to former Manchester City star Yaya Toure and would arguably be a significant upgrade on most, if not all, of the midfield options that are currently available to Hodgson.

Tufan has played 15 games in the Turkish Super Lig this season, bagging four goals and five assists, whilst he is currently averaging 1.6 tackles and 1.3 interceptions per game, via WhoScored.

Not only would he be able to provide cover and competition for the likes of Riedewald, Milivojevic and McArthur, he’d also offer an alternative threat in attack, as he has also taken 1.6 shots on average per game to McCarthy’s 0.2 shots in the Premier League.

A transfer for Tufan would make sense for Palace given the relatively low fee as there is an urgent need for a player in that position with one eye on the future.

AND in other news, Fabrizio Romano drops fresh update on Wilfried Zaha’s future at Crystal Palace

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