Cape Town - Aston Villa will need to put their plans to sign Besiktas
star Dorukhan Tokoz on ice after he suffered a serious knee injury.
Villa boss Dean Smith brought in a host of new signings
during the summer after the club won promotion back to the Premier League, but
he is not done yet and wants further new additions.
Smith is already looking to the January transfer window for
reinforcements and reports claim that talented midfielder Tokoz is on his list
of potential targets.
So much so, Villa had scouts in attendance in Turkey when
Besiktas took on Wolves in the Europa League last week, a game the home side
However, Tokoz got to play for 79 minutes before being
substituted so the Villa spies would have been able to get a good look at him
before reporting back to Smith.
However, a dose of bad luck on the injury front looks to
have put any deal on hold for now.
In the very next game against Antalyaspor at the weekend,
the 23-year-old ruptured his knee cartilage and is now facing a lengthy spell
on the treatment table.
Early reports say he will be on the side-lines until
February, thus ruling out the possibility of Villa swooping in the January
That is not to say that Villa will not keep an eye on the
player once he is fit, with a view to a summer swoop once he is back to full
Tokoz is a combative midfielder, who has made 31 appearances
for Besiktas, while he has also broken into the Turkey national side, making
five appearances so far.
He is clearly a player that Smith likes the look of and one
that has all the attributes to make it in the Premier League, but a deal will
be on the backburner for now.
AS Roma have also been linked in the past, along with West
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