Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur could go head to head for Ozan Tufan’s signature in the summer.
Fanatik have reported that Tottenham Hotspur have sent representatives to Turkey to watch Fenerbache’s versatile midfielder Ozan Tufan. This would have been seen as bad news for Crystal Palace who, according to Fotospor, also sent scouts to watch the 24-year-old last week.
Tufan spent the second half of last season on loan at Alanyaspor where his performances stood out from the rest. Fenerbahce recalled him this season after seeing his displays last term and he has started every game so far, captaining two games in the process.
A player of Tufan’s profile suits Tottenham well considering he can play anywhere in midfield and at right-back. Spurs desperately need a new right-back while the possible departure of Christian Eriksen in January or the summer could open up a space for him in the centre of the park as well.
However, Tufan will face some serious competition in Tottenham’s midfield even if Eriksen leaves. The likes of Harry Winks, Eric Dier, Tanguy Ndombele, Moussa Sissoko, Giovani Lo Celso and Deli Alli among others will pose the problem of regular game time for the Turk.
Crystal Palace, on the other hand, could really do with a player of Tufan’s quality. Roy Hodgson’s side have had a brilliant start to their season but their creativity is mainly reliant on their wide players. Tufan’s arrival would offer a whole new dimension to the Eagles’ attack and his versatility would be an added bonus at Selhurst Park.
Max Meyer was expected to have more of an attacking influence when Palace signed him from Schalke a few years ago but the German has failed to live up to the hype. Tufan could well become everything that Meyer could have been and they should not give up on his pursuit in the coming transfer windows.