Reported transfer ban means Okay Yokuslu could slip through West Brom's grasp

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks dejected during the Premier League match between Watford and West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on March 3, 2018 in Watford, England.

Premier League duo West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United would both want to sign Okay Yokuslu from Turkish Super Lig side Trabzonspor.

Turkey's player Okay Yokuslu celebrates his goal during the FIFA Under 20 World Cup Group Stage Group C football match between Australia and Turkey at the Avni Aker stadium in Trabzon on...

Why should West Bromwich Albion and West Ham United care that a club sitting sixth in the Turkish top flight have reportedly been banned from signing players in this summer’s upcoming transfer window?

According to USA Today, Trabzonspor missed the 30-day deadline to hand Slovakian club Trencin the £2 million they owed following the signing of Matus Beto in the summer of 2016.

As a result, Trabzonspor will not be able to register any new signings when the window opens at the end of this season. And it remains to be seen just what this means for the future of their in-demand midfielder Okay Yokuslu.

Australia's player Jason Geria (R) and Turkey's player Okay Yokuslu (L) fight for the ball during their FIFA Under 20 World Cup Group Stage Group C football match between Australia and...

As reported by AS, West Ham are very interested in the 23-year-old Turkish international, who has been compared to Sergio Busquets in Spain for his smart passing and ability to win back possession and start attacks from deep.

West Brom are also keen, according to Haber Turk, and would have signed Yokuslu in January only for Trabzonspor to make it clear that they would not sell a key player with half of the season remaining.

Alan Pardew, Manager of West Bromwich Albion looks dejected during the Premier League match between Watford and West Bromwich Albion at Vicarage Road on March 3, 2018 in Watford, England.

The same publication, however, stated that Trabzonspor were willing to sell a player who has been monitored by the Baggies frequently in recent months so long as his £7 million price-tag was met.

But now, if Trabzonspor do part company with Yokuslu, they will not be able to bring in any reinforcements, at least until next January.

One of the reasons they were unwilling to sell two months ago was because Yokuslu would have been difficult to replace so this reported FIFA-imposed transfer ban means West Brom may have to wait even longer to get their man.

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