One of the potential Deadline Day deals that was spoken about first thing on Wednesday morning and then never mentioned again was that of a potential loan move for Turkish international midfielder Ozan Tufan.
It’s fair to say that the final 24 hours of the transfer window were a rather hectic time for those behind the scenes at Selhurst Park but in all the confusion, it looks as though we left the aforementioned Tufan in limbo, before contacting him directly to assure him that he is still very much a player who is in our thoughts.
Having prompted the Fenerbache man to make his way to the airport and prepare to travel to England, we quickly moved onto other targets, before sending him an email which reportedly read: “You’re a good young player. At the very last minute, we needed to sign an attacker because of injury. We like you, we’re believing in you. We’ll talk again in the summer.”
Whilst the sentiment of the above message is undeniably lovely, I have to question the feasibility of it being sent in the first place. Obviously, the communication with Tufan which saw us leave him stranded at the airport was incredibly poor on our part but with a high-profile attempt to sign Ibrahim Amadou having fallen by the wayside at the last minute and a rumoured bid for Anderlecht midfielder Leander Dendoncker also being lodged, it seems unlikely that we were ever fully sold on the idea of bringing Tufan to SE25.
On Wednesday morning it appeared as though a season-long loan and a pre-arranged £8 million end-of-season fee for his permanent transfer had been arranged but with the player staying put despite failing to be named in the Turkish outfit’s 25-man squad, where he goes from this point is anyone’s guess.
Will we go back in for him in the summer? Quite possibly. Will we leave it until the last minute before trying to rush it through? Based on past experience, I certainly wouldn’t want to rule out lightning striking twice on that front.