Liverpool linked with move for Besiktas star Dorukhan Toköz

As per a report from Turkish outlet Fotomac, Premier League giants Liverpool are considering a move for Besiktas standout Dorukhan Tokoz.

Besiktas stint

After making his way through the youth ranks of Eskişehirspor over the last decade, Tokoz’s performances with his boyhood club eventually saw him earn a move to Turkish powerhouse Besiktas last summer.

And the 23-year-old has since gone from strength to strength under the bright lights at the BJK Vodafone Park.

Tokoz, who is generally deployed in a deep-lying midfield berth, initially struggled for game-time on the back of his Besiktas arrival last summer, but, once handed the chance to impress by Abdullah Avcı in early November, the Turk never looked back.

He subsequently went on to establish himself as an integral member of the Black Eagles’ midfield ranks, as evidenced by his none-too-shabby haul of 3 goals and 4 assists across 25 appearances in all competitions.

Tokoz is an all-action performer, equally comfortable breaking up the attacks of opposing sides with a no-nonsense challenge as he is in possession in the final third.

Dorukhan Tokoz

ISTANBUL,TURKEY – APRIL 13: Dorukhan Tokoz of Besiktas in action during the Turkish Super Lig match between Besiktas and Istanbul Basaksehir at Vodafone Park on April 13, 2019 in Istanbul, Turkey. (Photo by Etsuo Hara/Getty Images)

While his performances in his home country this season have reportedly begun to pique the interest of the likes of Genoa and Newcastle, it was no doubt Tokoz’s stellar display versus the might of world champions France last week which has since seen European champions Liverpool seemingly stand up and take notice of his talents.

Controlling proceedings in the middle of the park, the 23-year-old, alongside İrfan Kahveci, quietly went about dominating Les Bleus’ star-studded midfield trio of Paul Pogba, Moussa Sissoko and Blaise Matuidi.

This eventually lead Turkey to a shock (albeit deserved) 2-0 European qualifiers win.

Anfield bound?

As such, Fotomac today suggest that Liverpool are keeping a close eye on Tokoz, ahead of a potential summer bid.

Serie A outfit Udinese are said to have seen an €8 million bid knocked back by Besiktas, despite the club having paid just €150,000 for his signature this time last year.

The Black Eagles’ board, though, could reportedly be swayed into a sale if an offer of over 10 million Euro is to arrive.

Such a fee would obviously mark a feasible one for Liverpool, with Jurgen Klopp seemingly considering Tokoz as a low-cost, potentially high-reward addition to his side’s ranks in the middle of the park.

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