Trabzonspor might have struggled in the Super Lig this season but the same cannot be said about their midfielder Okay Yokuslu.
The 24-year-old Turkish international has been one of the stand out performers in the division – though it appears unlikely that Yokuslu will be playing football in his homeland for too much longer.
According to AS, Sevilla have identified the youngster as a possible replacement for the influential Steven N’Zonzi while West Ham United are also interested in a player who could freshen up their midfield and prove, at long last, that there is life after Mark Noble.
It is West Brom, however, who have been most heavily tied to Yokuslu over the last few months.
Haber Turk report that The Baggies wanted the five-cap man in January but Trabzonspor did not want to sell midway through the season. They will let Yokuslu leave in the summer, however, provided West Brom pay his £7 million asking price.
And while fans of West Ham and West Brom might be a little underwhelmed by a relatively unknown player who, at £7 million, would perhaps look like a cheap alternative to many of the bigger-name, more illustrious midfield targets linked with The Hawthorns and the London Stadium over the last few months.
But if you need an indication of Yokuslu’s quality, AS dubbing him ‘the new Busquets’ may be enough.
After all, Sergio Busquets’ is one of the most gifted defensive midfielders of his generation with six La Liga titles, five Copa Del Reys, three Champions Leagues, a European Championship and a World Cup winner’s medal on his silver-coated CV.
If Yokuslu proves to be even a fraction as talented, that £7 million fee would look a snip.