Newcastle have been scouting Besiktas midfielder Dorukhan Tokoz, according to Turkish publication Hurriyet.
The Premier League side are reportedly coming to an end in finalising their report over the Turkish ace, having been tracking his progress for some time.
Hurriyet has previously claimed that the Turkish top flight side, who are in a three-way fight for the Super Lig title this season, three points separating Basaksehir, Galatasaray and Besiktas, will reject any offers below £12.8million (€15million) this summer.
Tokoz has had an impressive season in Turkey, earning his first international cap whilst scoring three goals and also getting three assists in his 18 games.
Good move for Newcastle?
With any speculation comes intrigue and this is one full of that. No doubt bringing in youth is always a model for success with the chance to mould them into the sort of player you want and Rafael Benitez is one of the best coaches for that.
Dorukhan Tokoz is fairly unknown to most of the footballing world but has made a great impact for Besiktas and helped them push for another title in a current three way battle.
Newcastle fans have come to the realisation that big money moves are unlikely to happen under Mike Ashley, so finding young talent at relatively cheap prices are pivotal and Tokoz could definitely fit into that category.
This is Futbol rating: 5/10
Likely to happen?
Transfer windows and Newcastle do not go hand in hand with many failures in luring talent to the club in years gone by.
When looking at Benitez’ midfield options there is a lot of confusion around the future with Isaac Hayden having said time and again he wants a move away and Mo Diame, Ki Seung-yung and Jonjo Shelvey struggling to nail down a constant starting position.
The only player you could confidently say will be at the club come the start of next season is Sean Longstaff who is currently in rehabilitation after a season ending injury. With all that being said, the likeliness that Benitez will be wanting midfield reinforcements is very likely.
This is Futbol rating: 6/10