Newcastle United have been linked with Dorukhan Tokoz this summer. Turkish media outlet Hurriyet claimed that Newcastle would try to sign the Besiktas midfielder.
Tokoz is a highly-rated holding midfielder who could have improved Rafa Benitez’s midfield ranks. If a takeover went ahead, he is the type of ambitious signing Newcastle fans would want to take them forward in the near future.
The five-cap Turkey international has lit up the Super Lig and impressed in the Europa League too. He now needs a new challenge and the Premier League could be his next career step.
But Newcastle’s hopes of signing him look slimmer now as two major Premier League clubs enter the race. Top-flight heavyweights Arsenal and Liverpool reportedly want Tokoz.
Both clubs are keen to add the 23-year-old to their squad ahead of the new season. He is young, versatile (he can also play at right-back) and a promising talent.
In the Newcastle team, he could be an ideal replacement for wantaway Isaac Hayden. Tokoz can slot into that holding midfield role, alongside Sean Longstaff, to form an exciting partnership.
But the lure of European football could lead him away from Newcastle. If Liverpool and Arsenal are serious about Tokoz, Newcastle’s hopes will be slim.