West Brom are interested in Fenerbahce’s Ozan Tufan according to Sabah and the midfielder was on top form for Turkey on Wednesday.
Indeed, the 26-year-old has formed a formidable partnership alongside Albion loanee Okay Yokuslu for Turkey in recent games.
The pair have helped their national team stay unbeaten across the international break, even though they let a 3-1 lead slip to draw with Latvia this week.
Nevertheless, both Tufan and Yokuslu played well and each recorded SofaScore ratings of 7.0.
Tufan has attracted interest from Everton too [Sabah] and it is easy to see why a Premier League move could be on the horizon.
He is excellent on the ball and uses possession with good intelligence.
Against Latvia, he achieved 94% pass accuracy and completed two long passes to put his team on the front foot [SofaScore].
Also, Tufan conceded possession just six times. Yokuslu, by contrast, gave the ball away 13 times.
We all know how good Yokuslu is and the impact he has made, so the fact Tufan outperformed him suggests he could be an improvement on our current midfield options.
It also helps to explain why the midfielder has a release clause of €20m [£17m, Sabah].
West Brom need to spend that kind of money if we are to re-estbalish ourselves in the Premier League.
If we are relegated we cannot use loanees to paper over the cracks once more, as it has set us up for long-term failure despite promotion last year.
Tufan is an deal box-to-box midfielder, too.
He made two interceptions against Latvia and this season has averaged 1.7 tackles per game for club and country this season [WhoScored].
To highlight how good that is, the Turk has also managed five goals and five assists for Fenerbahce.
It would be a dream to have him and Yokuslu lining up for Albion but may only be a realistic prospect if we somehow avoid relegation this term.
In other West Brom news, Albion will be after a Newcastle star in the summer if Sam Allardyce stays.