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Everton interested in signing Ozan Tufan from Fenerbahce

According to Turkish media outlet Fanatik, as translated by Turkish-Football, Everton are one of two Premier League clubs interested in signing Fenerbahce midfielder Ozan Tufan.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Fanatik report that the Toffees, along with Southampton, have expressed an interest in signing the 24-year-old.

Would Ozan Tufan be a good Everton signing?

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The report states that the Merseyside outfit enquired about the Turkey international in the summer, but weren’t willing to pay his €20m (£16.6m) price tag.

The report adds that Fenerbahce would be willing to accept €18m (£15m), but it remains to be seen whether any potential English suitor is willing to pay that.

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Would he be a good signing?

Well, central midfield appears to be a position manager Carlo Ancelotti wants to strengthen with Sky Sports reporting in January that the club wanted to sign one before the deadline last month.

Furthermore, Italian journalist Nicolo Schira claimed on Twitter that the Toffees were in advanced talks over a deal for Inter Milan midfielder Matias Vecino, although the Uruguay international’s price tag was an issue – no deal materialised.

Tufan is certainly an interesting player, and his stats are particularly impressive this season.

According to WhoScored, he has scored two goals and provided a further four assists in 21 Super Lig appearances, which isn’t too shabby given 15 of his 21 outings have come either at right-back, central midfield or in defensive midfield.

He has also averaged two shots per game, made 1.4 key passes and has successfully completed 1.9 dribbles.

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Not only that, but he has shown that he is willing to stick his foot in defensively too, averaging 2.1 tackles and 1.2 interceptions per outing.

In terms of being a box-to-box midfielder – he was compared to Yaya Toure by his former manager Vitor Pereira in 2016 – he certainly ticks the boxes.

He looks to be the perfect future partner in a double-pivot with Andre Gomes at Goodison Park in the future if he does sign, with Ancelotti preferring a 4-4-2 system since being appointed as Marco Silva’s successor in December.

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