West Brom will have to up their bid if they are to secure one of Sam Allardyce’s reported January targets this month, according to reports…
Turkish outlet Takvim claim that Super Lig outfit Fenerbahce have slapped a €15m (£13.5m) price tag on their midfielder, Ozan Tufan, amid interest from the Baggies and their Premier League rivals Crystal Palace.
They also suggest that both teams had previously offered around €10m (£9m) this window, which was swiftly rejected by the Yellow Canaries.
Albion are expected to return with another bid before the end of the month.
The 25-year-old is hugely versatile and this would suit Big Sam down to a tee as he’ll be able to solve at least two problematic areas.
Tufan is a holding midfielder by trade, but can also be deployed anywhere down the right-flank, very much in similar nature to that of former Baggies star Claudio Yacob.
The reality is, West Brom do not have a senior defensive midfielder – Romaine Sawyers has shown that he isn’t capable in the role, whilst skipper Jake Livermore doesn’t appear to be the answer either.
It’s only really Sam Field, an academy graduate who has been in and out of the senior setup with injury troubles over the past year or so.
Whilst Tufan can even play on the wing, Yacob’s versatility helped the Baggies to an impressive eighth-place finish in 2012/13 with the Argentine averaging 3.6 tackles and 2.4 long balls per game, via WhoScored.
The 55-time Turkey international has been a key player for Fenerbahce this term. He has contributed four goals and four assists in 15 league appearances, whilst also averaging 1.6 tackles, 1.6 shots and 1.2 key passes per game, primarily from defensive midfield.
Big Sam can fill that anchorman role and provide a threat at either end of the pitch because, at the end of the day, Albion need to score more and concede less if they are to stay up this season.
Tufan would be a most welcome addition and hopefully, he could have a similar impact to that of Yacob, who went onto become a club legend over six years at the Hawthorns.
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