Turkish outlet Takvim have claimed that Newcastle United are interested in the impressive Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz ahead of the summer window – but they may face competition from a Premier League rival.
Just 22 years of age, Tokoz has recently broken into the Besiktas side after joining the club from Eksisehirspor last summer. He has scored three goals and created three more from the middle of the park, in 23 outings.
It is claimed that Newcastle have been scouting the two-time Turkey international on a regular basis. A decision is yet to be made on whether Newcastle will launch an offer, but they are awaiting final reports.
Owner Mike Ashley may have to spend big, just months after landing Miguel Almiron for a club-record £21million. That is because Fanatik have claimed earlier this month that West Ham United are interested.
It is believed a whopping £17.2million figure is required to land the midfielder. But with Besiktas’ struggling in the financial department at the moment, they may be tempted to sell for a smaller figure.
Newcastle desperately need additions in the middle of the park. Isaac Hayden has reiterated his desire to leave, while Mo Diame’s contract looks set to expire this summer.
The Toon do have Jonjo Shelvey, Sean Longstaff and Ki Sung-yueng, but more depth is required. Ashley looks to sign players with resale value, and at 22 years of age, Tokoz certainly boasts that.
It depends on whether Tokoz would prefer Tyneside to east London.