Just over a week ago, we covered reports that Crystal Palace look set to reignite their interest in 23-year-old Turkish midfielder Ozan Tufan this summer and now, there are suggestions in Turkey that Premier League new-boys Fulham have thrown their hat into the ring for him too.
A naturally right-sided player, Tufan joined his current club Fenerbache from Bursaspor in the summer of 2015 for a fee believed to have been around €7 million; sadly his time in Instanbul hasn’t quite gone as he would have first hoped.
Whilst Ozan’s international pedigree (he has 31 caps for Turkish national team) hints at him being a real talent, he’s struggled for consistent game time with Fenerbache and is consequently thought to be extremely open to the prospect of making the switch to England before the 2018/19 season gets underway.
I’m sure plenty of Palace fans will recall the borderline farcical events which took place between ourselves and Tufan on the final day of the most recent January transfer window, with the midfielder being left stranded at the airport by the Palace hierarchy, after they ran out of time to get a deal signed and sealed prior to the deadline passing.
There were plenty of reports back then claiming that Roy Hodgson and the Palace backroom team had been in touch with him to suggest that we would look at a potential once again this summer but now, it sounds as though both Celta Vigo and Fulham are keen to lure him away from Palace’s clutches.
With only Vicente Guaita having arrived at the club so far this summer, fans are beginning to get a tad jittery about the club’s transfer strategies, given the far earlier transfer deadline this time around. Admittedly, we don’t need a huge amount of investment to remain a competitive side ahead of the new season but at the time of writing, there seems to be radio silence from the club in relation to any new irons in the fire personnel-wise.
Could the interest from elsewhere prompt a reaction from Palace over Tufan’s immediate future? We shall have to wait and see.