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 media outlet Faro De Vigo (via Football League World), who claim that West Brom have held discussions with Celta de Vigo regarding the permanent transfer of the defensive midfielder.
The report goes on to state that the Albion hierarchy regret not inserting an option to buy clause in the 27-year-old’s loan deal last season, however, despite their relegation from the Premier League, are nevertheless attempting to complete a deal for the Turkey international in the summer transfer window.
It is also thought that a number of top-flight sides are interested in a move for Yokuslu this summer, although West Brom appear to be the most active club in the pursuit of the midfielder.
Having highly impressed during his loan spell at The Hawthorns last season, as well as performing admirably for Turkey at Euro 2020 this summer, it is unsurprising to learn that the Baggies are interested in a deal to bring Yokuslu back to the club ahead of their upcoming Championship campaign.
Indeed, over his 16 Premier League appearances for Sam Allardyce’s side last term, the £6.75m-rated defensive midfielder made an average of 2.2 interceptions, 2.4 tackles, two clearances and won a whopping 7.9 duels per game.
These metrics saw the man Kyle Bartley dubbed a “tenacious” player earn a seasonal SofaScore match rating of 6.99, ranking him as West Brom’s fourth-best performer in the top flight of English football.
Yokuslu’s fine league form also appeared to continue for his international side at Euro 2020, with the £31k-per-week man making an average of one interception, 0.7 tackles, 2.3 clearances and winning 3.3 duels over his three appearances, culminating in an average SofaScore match rating of 6.73 – ranking him as Senol Gunes’ eighth-best performer in the competition.
As such, with Valerien Ismael looking to build an Albion side in the summer transfer window that is capable of going on to secure an immediate return to the Premier League next season, the addition of an industrious midfielder such as Yokuslu would very much appear to be a signing the Frenchman would love to get over the line in the coming weeks.
However, with a number of Premier League sides also thought to be keeping a close eye on the 27-year-old this summer, just how likely a move back to West Brom is for the Turk is unclear at present.