Tottenham join race to sign the new Yaya Toure - report
By Will Butcher
Tottenham have joined the race to sign Fenerbahce youngster Ozan Tufan, according to a report.
The 21-year-old has been touted as the next Yaya Toure by his current manager Vitor Pereira, after establishing himself as one of the brightest young stars in Turkish football.
Everton and Sunderland have been previously been linked with Tufan and now Turkish newspaper Fanatik claim that Tottenham are keeping tabs on the Turkey international, while there is also interest from Liverpool and Manchester United.
Tufan joined Fenerbache from Bursaspor last summer in a £5.25million deal and is widely regarded as one of the most promising young midfielders in Turkish football.
The box-to-box midfielder became the youngest player to score in the current European Championships when he found the back of the net in the 2-0 win over Czech Republic.
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He has already represented his country in 27 fixtures after making his debut at 19.
His current manager Vitor Periera has described Tufan’s style as being reminiscent one of the stars of the Premier League in recent years.
“He still has a lot to learn and that is my job,” Pereira said after his goal for Turkey against Czech Republic at Euro 2016, as quoted by the Liverpool Echo. “But the world will soon have a central midfielder on the level of Yaya Toure.”
Tufan starred for Fenerbache in 46 encounters across all competition slast season as the Turkish club finished runners up in the Super Lig.
Tufan does still have another four-years remaining on his contract and Fenerbache are reluctant to part ways with him unless his valuation is met.
In other Tottenham news, a key midfielder will be at the club in August after a decision has been made.