West Bromwich Albion have opened talks regarding a deal to bring Okay Yokuslu back to The Hawthorns this summer.
That’s according to a report by Spanish publication AS, who claim that Celta de Vigo are desperate to sell the defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window in order to free up a chunk of their wage budget and, subsequently, make their own signings ahead of next season.
The report then goes on to state that, despite it previously being claimed otherwise, the 27-year-old would be open to a move to the Championship this summer, if it is one of his only available options in order to seal a return to England.
As a result, it is said that West Brom have initiated talks with the Turkey international regarding a switch back to the club, with the LaLiga side believed to be demanding a fee in the region of €5m (£4.3m) in order to sanction Yokuslu’s sale.
Finally, Watford are also mentioned as a club who are thought to be keeping a close eye on the situation of the midfielder, although their interest does not appear as concrete as Albion’s at present.
With Valerien Ismael currently being extremely short of central midfielders in his first-team squad, despite the fact that the Frenchman has brought in the former Barnsley Alex Mowatt this summer, the further addition of Yokuslu would certainly appear to be a fantastic piece of business for the Baggies to get over the line ahead of next season.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances while on loan at West Brom last season, the £6.75m-rated midfielder highly impressed, making an average of 2.2 interceptions, 2.4 tackles, two clearances and winning a rather remarkable 7.9 duels per game.
The 27-year-old also helped out in a creative capacity, providing one assist and creating one big chance for his teammates, as well as making an average of 0.4 key passes per match.
These returns saw the man Kyle Bartley claimed made a “big difference” to the West Brom side earn an average SofaScore match rating of 6.99, ranking him as the club’s fourth-best performer in the English top flight.
And, as mentioned previously, with Ismael having already secured the signing of Mowatt this summer – a player who scored eight goals, registered seven assists and created nine big chances over his 44 Championship appearances for Barnsley last season – the prospect of the 26-year-old partnering Yokuslu in the middle of the park next season should very much be a mouthwatering prospect for fans.