Leeds United have emerged as contenders for the signing of former West Brom loanee Okay Yokuslu.
With the Premier League season now over, all eyes will be on how Marcelo Bielsa looks to strengthen his side ahead of the new campaign, and it appears he’s got another holding midfielder in his sights.
According to Faro de Vigo (via Sport Witness), the Whites have identified Yokuslu as a potential transfer target, with the Turkey international having joined West Brom on loan back in January from La Liga side Celta Vigo.
The report claims that Yokuslu’s performances in England have opened the door to a permanent switch to the Premier League, with only Bielsa’s side being name-checked as being interested thus far.
The 6 foot 3 Yokuslu was a virtual revelation after joining the Baggies earlier in the year, establishing himself as a key part of Sam Allardyce’s side and earning some rave reviews along the way.
His teammate at the Hawthorns, Kyle Bartley, waxed lyrical about the kind of impression the holding midfielder made at the club, saying: “He’s been brilliant. He seems to have settled in really quickly which is always important for a player at a new club. You can see already that he’s a really good player.
“I thought he was great against Manchester United on his full debut and then he backed that up with another impressive performance on Saturday against Burnley. He’s tenacious. He’s good on the ball. He’s calm and composed.”
And, former Leeds goalkeeper Paul Robinson has previously suggested Yokuslu would be a good signing for the Whites, claiming that he has shades of Kalvin Phillips to his game.
Speaking to Football Insider, he said: “He will be highly sought-after this summer. He plays in a very similar way to Kalvin Phillips and that is the type of player that Leeds need.
“It is going to be a difficult one to sell though. Would he want to be Kalvin Phillips’ backup? He is playing week in, week out right now. I would like to see him play across the midfield in other positions.”
Given his performances in the Premier League, it’s no surprise that Bielsa is eyeing a move for the midfielder this summer.