Turkish manager Yalcin Kosukavak has spoken to Ajansspor and revealed his former player Zeki Celik is still wanted by Tottenham Hotspur.
Kosukavak coached the Lille right back when they were together at Istanbulspor, and after a successful campaign Celik moved to the Ligue 1 side for €2.5m in 2018.
Speaking about Celik, Kosukavak said he’s in regular contact with the Turkish international, and the player has told him Sevilla and Tottenham are interested in his signature: “When I spoke to Zeki, he told me Sevilla and Tottenham are interested in him.
“Of course, Lille want compensation for him. If one of the interested clubs accept to pay the fee, then I think he could leave the club.”
Celik has been linked with a move to Tottenham in this transfer window following reports in the British media. It was claimed at the time Spurs were looking to sell Serge Aurier or Juan Foyth to fund a deal for him.
However, these reports have gone quiet after Jose Mourinho recently signed Matt Doherty from Wolves, but Kosukavak’s comment suggest the Premier League could still be interested over the long term.
Since joining Lille, Celik has made 71 appearances in all competitions, scoring one goal, and providing 7 assists. The 23-year-old is under contract at the club until June 2023.