By Adefunmiloye Alani

21st Jul, 2021 | 8:40am

Okay Yokuslu agent claims politics would prevent him from joining Leeds

Leeds United have been linked with an interest in Celta Vigo midfielder Okay Yokuslu, but his agent reckons a move would be impossible.

The Turkey international spent the second half of last season on loan with West Brom, and Whites director of football Victor Orta admits he likes him.

However, the Elland Road chief told Radio Galega that “it is politically difficult for Leeds to sign Okay Yokuslu”.

The midfielder’s agent has now told LUFC FANZONE – a well-established account that is followed by a number of Leeds players on Instagram and with over 55,000 followers – the same thing.

They shared his response on their official Twitter account.

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Leeds fans still hold a burning hatred stemming from the 2000 UEFA Cup semi-final where two travelling Whites supporters were stabbed to death by Galatasaray fans before the game at Istanbul.

Orta knows being associated with Turkey is not something the fans love, and while Yokuslu would be a perfect midfield addition to our squad going by his performances for West Brom last term, a move is very difficult to complete and it is best to rule it out.

Gjanni Alisoki is already getting some fans agitated after reports linking him with Galatasaray, and former Elland Road favourite Harry Kewell soured his relationship with Leeds fans after moving to the club from Liverpool in 2008.

We have to look elsewhere for a central midfielder as Phillips really needs a quality cover next season.

It is a position head coach Marcelo Bielsa badly wants to strengthen ahead of next season, and it is a shame a move for the Turkey international is off the cards.

Leeds have not signed someone from the country and its league since the unfortunate incident 21 years ago, and that is not likely to change anytime soon.

In other Leeds news, Marcelo Bielsa wants Spanish ace at Elland Rd, Whites ready summer bid.