Turkish newspaper Haberturk have labelled Fenerbahce’s Ozan Tufan an ‘unlucky boy’ after his move to Crystal Palace failed on deadline day.
According to Haberturk, Crystal Palace had successfully negotiated a deal for Tufan with Fenerbahce officials.
The 22 year old waited at the airport to fly to England, but at the last minute Crystal Palace decided to change their transfer plans.
After scans revealed the true extent of Bakary Sako’s injury, Crystal Palace officials reportedly told Tufan to wait in Turkey, despite agreeing to loan the player, with an option to buy at around €8m.
Tufan is a holding midfielder and can also play in other positions, deadline say Crystal Palace make attempts to buy similar players in Lille’s Ibrahim Amadou and Anderlecht’s Leander Dendoncker.
It’s clear Roy Hodgson wanted a player to shore up his midfield but with Tufan told to wait in Turkey, it’s likely the others were considered higher priorities.