Aston Villa are in pole position to sign £40 million-rated midfielder Orkun Kokcu from Feyenoord in the summer.

The Mirror have placed Aston Villa at the front of the queue for Orkun Kokcu in the summer. The £40 million-rated midfield general from Feyenoord has impressed those watching him this season. And a move to the Premier League seems like the next big step for the Turkish star to further his career.

Feyenoord are top of the Eredivisie rankings and sits eight points clear while remaining favourites for the title. For one, all their players have performed consistently, but few have stood out with their displays, including Orkun Kokcu.

The 22-year-old has produced 8 goals and 3 assists in the Eredivisie this season and has already caught the attention of Premier League clubs. Manchester United had scouted Kokcu earlier, while Brighton & Hove Albion were also credited with an interest earlier this year.

The report states as many as six clubs are keen on the £40 million-rated midfielder in the summer, with Aston Villa among those. Unai Emery has had an impressive start to life with the Midlands club and remains on course to lead them to a European place before the season ends.

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The Spanish manager has already laid out plans for the summer. Those ideas include a midfielder capable of contributing more to the attack and improving their overall quality. The report states that Villa have scouted Kokcu extensively. Moreover, the scouts have returned to Birmingham with glowing details about the midfielder.

Feyenoord would reportedly demand £40 million for the Turkish international if they have to sell. The price range would certainly fall in Villa’s range, who might look to reduce the tag further. In any case, it is clear Emery requires a player of his profile and also has a contingency plan as they chase Matteo Guendouzi from Marseille.

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Kokcu’s £40 million tag is closer to what Marseille want for Guendouzi. But the final decision will remain with Emery over the choices. For now, clubs will keep tabs on the Feyenoord midfield general before deciding on a transfer in the summer, but Aston Villa could have the upper hand.

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