West Brom remain keen on January transfer target Ozan Tufan, according to emerging reports…
Turkish news outlet Sabah Spor claim that the Baggies are ‘closely interested’ in signing the 26-year-old midfielder ahead of the summer window, with Premier League rivals Crystal Palace also mooted.
Tufan is said to have a €20m (£17m) release clause and it is thought that Fenerbahce will only sell their star at this price.
Another factor could be Albion’s likely relegation as the Turkey international would love to play in the Premier League in the near future.
Toure was renowned for his ability to pick up the ball and travel with it, as well as arriving late in the box to score, too. In some ways, that is also similar to an ex-West Brom legend in Youssouf Mulumbu.
As Chris Brunt recently told the Express & Star: “He would always keep the ball and get you up the pitch.”
This is what Tufan could bring to the current Baggies set-up. The 26-year-old box-to-box enforcer has also supplemented his attacking returns with resolute defending – as per WhoScored, he’s averaged 1.6 tackles and 1.1 interceptions per outing in the Turkish top-flight this campaign.
And a near 60% success rate in the tackle suggests that more often than not, he’s a hard man to get past, whilst his ability to read the danger and subsequently act on it is another attractive attribute.
Mulumbu was hardly known for his goalscoring ability, considering he often played an anchorman role alongside Claudio Yacob, but in his first season in the Premier League, the DR Congo powerhouse managed to score six times, and in the following three top-flight seasons, contributed to at least four goals, as per Transfermarkt.
Industrious would be a good word to describe the former Baggies midfielder, and the same goes for the “quality” Tufan.
Whether or not West Brom chief Luke Dowling can convince him to come to the Midlands remains to be seen, but if he can, then Albion could well unearth their next Mulumbu.
Pair him with Celta Vigo loanee Okay Yokuslu, then perhaps it’ll be Yacob and Mulumbu 2.0 at the Hawthorns next term. That’s a mouthwatering prospect.
AND in other news, Dowling can make amends for Bilic blunder with swoop for 27-goal “leader”…