Aston Villa might have to pay £17m for reported target Dorukhan Tokoz

Dean Smith manager of Aston Villa looks on during the Sky Bet Championship match between Aston Villa and Stoke City at Villa Park on December 15, 2018 in Birmingham, England.

Dorukhan Tokoz is once again being linked with a move to the Premier League but will Aston Villa sign the Besiktas midfielder?

Samil Cinaz (rear) of Istikbal Mobilya Kayserispor in action against Dorukhan Tokoz (front) of Besiktas during the Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Istikbal Mobilya Kayserispor and...

Aston Villa spent over £100 million this summer as part of the most extensive recruitment drive in the club’s history. But don’t make the mistake of thinking that the Premier League newcomers are finished there.

With another two-and-a-half months until the turn of the year, Dean Smith’s side are already scouring the market for potential January signings.

And, according to Aksam, the highly-rated Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz has caught the eye with the Midland giants potentially going into battle with Lyon to sign the 23-year-old Turkey international.

 

The very definition of an all-action midfielder, Tokoz is renowned for his ability to win the ball back with a fierce tackle before starting attacks at the other end of the pitch. He’s got a hammer of a shot, too, scoring three times in all competitions across the 2018/19 campaign.

He won’t come cheap either. Fanatik claimed earlier this year, amid apparent interest from West Ham United, that Besiktas are looking for around £17 million. The Istanbul giants usually demand top dollar for their players, just ask an Everton side who paid £27 million for Cenk Tosun, and Tokoz won’t be going anywhere for a cut price fee with his contract not due to expire until 2021.

Miha Zajc (C) of Fenerbahce in action against Dorukhan Tokoz (L) and Atiba Hutchinson (R) of Besiktas during Turkish Super Lig soccer match between Fenerbahce and Besiktas at Vodafone...

Villa’s apparent interest suggests that, despite signing both Marvelous Nakamba and Douglas Luiz over the summer, Smith is keen to further strengthen a midfield which has found itself outclassed by superior opposition at times.

Tokoz would certainly offer plenty of energy and presence in the centre of the park, perhaps allowing Villa to play a more pragmatic style against top sides. But £17 million is a lot to play for a potential squad player.

France's Midfielder Paul Pogba (L) vies with Turkey's midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz during the Euro 2020 football qualification match between Turkey and France at the Buyuksehir Belediyesi...

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