Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu has revealed that his hopes of a move to Leicester City in the January transfer window were scuppered due to injury.
The youngster, valued at £11.7m, was reportedly the subject of interest from the Premier League club but a move did not materialise.
He has left the door slightly ajar, however, suggesting that a transfer could potentially come to fruition in the summer.
It makes sense that his name was linked to the club, with Foxes boss Brendan Rodgers expressing his desire to bring in an attacking midfielder in the winter window following injuries to Dennis Praet and James Maddison.
They desperately needed reinforcements, especially having the added burden of UEFA Europa League football to contend with.
Nevertheless, Kokcu is not the man Brendan Rodgers should be turning to any more.
He has also been extremely wasteful on the ball this season getting dispossessed 0.9 times per match, according to WhoScored.
In fairness to Kokcu, that naivety on the ball could be born out of a young player potentially trying too hard to impress or slight naivety when in possession.
Even so, with the potential prospect of UEFA Champions League on offer at the King Power Stadium, the Foxes should certainly be able to attract a higher calibre of player than the young Turk.
With the likes of Wilfred Ndidi, Youri Tielemans and James Maddison all first-choice in the East-Midlands, only a player more accomplished than those three will truly improve the Foxes’ side.
After all, they were also linked with a swoop for Inter Milan dynamo Christian Eriksen in January so they should look to recruit a similar profile of player instead of Kokcu in the summer.