Leeds United-linked Okay Yokuslu wants Premier League move after successful West Brom loan
Okay Yoksulu has confirmed he wants to quit Celta Vigo amid speculation linking him with a summer move to Leeds United.
Yokuslu, 27, impressed while on loan at West Brom after Sam Allardyce signed the Turkey international in the winter.
The defensive midfielder played a huge role in the Baggies’ improvement in the second half of the season but unfortunately for them, he failed to help keep them in the Premier League.
According to the Express & Star, Yokuslu has since been linked with joining Leeds ahead of next season as he aims to stay put in the Premier League.
“I have a contract with Celta Vigo for two more years,” Yokuslu said, as quoted by the Express & Star.
“I don’t have clear information about the financial situation of the club.
“But frankly, they can put me up for transfer. I want to stay in the Premier League. I had a good season there.
“But we don’t know what will happen.”
Extra midfield depth
Yokuslu impressed at West Brom in the second half of the season as he made 16 appearances in the Premier League, starting every match since his debut in February.
If the Baggies had signed the Turkish midfielder last summer and had him for the entire season, there’s a good chance they would have been better placed to stay in the Premier League for another season.
BBC Radio WM journalist Adrian Goldberg dubbed Yokuslu a “forceful” and an “excellent player”, and claimed on The Liquidator podcast that West Brom should “build a promotion team around him”.
However, West Brom’s loss could be Leeds’ gain with the Whites linked with signing the ex-Trabzonspor ace, who’s clearly keen to quit Celta Vigo this summer.
Leeds have so far only been tentatively linked with Yokuslu.
Spanish newspaper Faro De Vigo has reported that the enforcer has caught Leeds’ attention with his performances in the Premier League.
Let’s see if that leads to a concrete bid in the coming weeks because clearly, Yokuslu would be keen on staying in England’s top-flight.
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