According to reports in Turkey, Newcastle had scouts present in Besiktas’ 1-1 draw with Monaco in the Champions League last week, and despite being there to watch Cenk Tosun and Oguzhan Ozyakup, they were also left impressed by their team-mate, Tolgay Arslan.
The report claims scouts from both Newcastle and Crystal Palace had scouts watching Besiktas striker Tosun and midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup but claim we ended up impressed by Arslan – the 27-year old midfielder who was not initially on their radar.
Interestingly, whilst we knew about our interest in Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, scouts’ presence to also watch midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup is news to us.
The 25-year old Besiktas man is a former Arsenal youngster and has been capped 30 times at international level for Turkey.
This all comes from Turkish paper Hurriyet, who claim NUFC scouts will continue to monitor Tosun and Ozyakup, but also Arslan, after being left particularly impressed by the latter last week.
Back to Tolgay Arslan, the 27-year-old is a versatile midfielder, being able to play all across the midfield, and has previously played for Hamburg – also representing Germany at U-21 level.
Striker Cenk Tosun was always one to watch ahead of the January window, but he may not be the only Besiktas player we’re eyeing, with our alleged interest in Ozyakup and Arslan having emerged – if Turkish reports are to believed that is!