Crystal Palace have been linked with a move for him before and now, with the January transfer window just a few weeks away, Fenerbahçe midfielder Ozan Tufan’s future is once again a topic of conversation in the Turkish press.
The 23-year-old hasn’t played a single minute of first-team club football since the 4th November 2017, thanks to reported personal problems he has with the club’s management, leading to him training alongside the U21 side. With this in mind, the Fenerbahçe hierarchy are set to be more than open to the idea of a deal but would rather offload him permanently instead of agreeing to a loan.
You may wonder why both Palace and Fulham are credited with an interest in a player who has such a troubling recent past but given his still tender age and his playing pedigree, (he has 31 caps for the Turkish national side at senior level) there is clearly a talented player in there, should we able to motivate him correctly.
Palace were thought be extremely close to signing Tufan in the most recent January window, with stories emerging in the press of the man himself being left stranded in an airport departure lounge having been waiting for our call to get on the plane and make his way to SE25. At the time, there was talk of a message being sent to him by Palace officials telling him that we’d be back in for him and now, it looks as though that claim may be about to come to fruition.
I dare say many supporters will question why we continue to look at midfielders rather than strikers but there is a chance that Tufan will be lined up alongside a frontman or two in January. Roy Hodgson was recently quoted as saying there may be little to no money available to spend but some have since suggested that this is merely groundwork being laid down by the gaffer to ensure we don’t get held to ransom in the January sales.
We shall find out soon enough.