Manchester United and Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly interested in signing Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.
Orkun Kokcu has been a key player for Feyenoord since joining them, and he is their captain as well. A report from Daily Mirror claims that Manchester United and Tottenham recently scouted the 22-year-old midfielder during the Dutch De Klassieker this week.
Apparently, Portuguese outfit Benfica are keen on signing the midfielder as well, and they are lining up a £31 million bid for the Turkish midfielder at the end of the season. It will be interesting to see if Manchester United and Tottenham decide to follow up on their interest with a concrete bid at the end of the season.
Kokcu has proven himself in Eredivisie, and he will be hoping to test himself at a higher level. The opportunity to play in the Premier League will be an enticing option for him, and Manchester United are one of the biggest clubs in the world.
The Red Devils need to add more creativity and goals to their midfield, and the Turkish midfielder would be a superb long-term acquisition. Manchester United manager Erik ten Hag reportedly knows the player well from his days coaching at Ajax.
Kokcu has 12 goals and three assists to his name across all competitions this season. Meanwhile, Tottenham have a talented midfield unit, but they are severely lacking in craft. Kokcu will add creativity from the central areas, and he will help share the goalscoring burden as well.
Both Premier League clubs have the financial muscle to compete with Benfica, and it remains to be seen where the midfielder ends up. Apparently, clubs like Brighton, Leicester City, and West Ham United were also scouting the player this week.
A move to the Premier League would be a major step up in the 22-year-old’s career, and he is likely to improve while playing against top-class players in England. It will be interesting to see if Feyenoord are prepared to sell their captain at the end of the season.