Those of you with good memories will no doubt remember Ozan Tufan, the Fenerbache midfielder who nearly joined Palace on Deadline Day back in January; well now, it seems as though the Eagles are set to finally make their move for the 23-year-old.
Given the madcap nature of our last-minute dealings back at the start of 2018, (remember Ibrahim Aamadou making it all the way to Palace’s Soho offices only for a deal to fall through?) it came as no surprise to learn that Palace left Tufan hanging at the airport with hours to spare before sending a message telling him that they’d be in contact with him again during the summer.
Thankfully for Ozan, it sounds as though the club have been true to their word and are now keen on ironing out a deal with Fenerbache, who have had the midfielder in their reserves ever since his move to the UK fell through. Despite paying Bursaspor £6 million for him back in 2015, the above report suggests that they would now be willing to accept as little as £2.5 million for him, making it a relatively low risk deal for a Palace side who are scouring the market for players who will add a little muscle to our options below the starting XI.
Whilst some alarm bells may be ringing in supporters minds as a consequence of his struggles with Fenerbache, Tufan’s international pedigree, (he has more than 30 full caps for Turkey) coupled with his age (23) suggest that it may just be a case of him being the wrong fit for the Istanbul outfit.
Standing at 6’0 and capable of playing in both defence and midfield, he is exactly the sort of low-risk signing you would expect Palace to be looking at between now and the start of the 2018/19 campaign. We’ve always had a rather good strike-rate when it comes to polishing up rough diamonds, perhaps Ozan could be the next in line.