According to reports in the Turkish newspaper Aksam, Kosovar attacker Vedat Muriqi, currently in Fenerbahce, is on their radar.
There is a long line of interest in the player – Tottenham Hotspur having expressed interest in Muriqi most recently – and Lazio and the Albion West Midlands compete with Aston Villa.
Here’s what you need to know about the 26-year-old.
Who is he?
A 6 foot 4 inch attacker, born in Prizren, FR Yugoslavia, he holds Kosovar, Albanian and Turkish passports.
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History of the club
Vedat began his career in his native Kosovo, climbing the ranks at Klubi Futbollistik Liria, earning a place in the first team before moving to the Albanian side of KF Teuta. A short stay in Albania led to a successful move to Turkey.
In 2014, Muriqi moved to Giresunspor before moving to Gençlerbirliği. Muriqi first found life in the Super Lig difficult, and a transfer to Çaykur Rizespor followed in 2018.
At Rizespor, Muriqi fared well in the first division, with 17 goals and a £ 3M transfer to Fenerbahçe.
In 2019, he had 15 goals and six assists in 28 appearances in all competitions.
The style of play
Muriqi can hold the ball well – fighting defenders and midfielders to maintain stationary possession to bring others into play, with strong teamwork skills.
He is a precise and intelligent attacker capable of scoring on the ground and in the air. He also has a fast pace although he is not a pilot.
In Turkey he has been a threat and has clearly adapted to different styles of play. For Kosovo, he poses a great threat when needed, and for his current team, Fenerbahçe – he is a bit versatile.
Max Kruse, Muriqi’s teammate, is a big fan: “I compare him to [Robert] Lewandowski. I think he will be at Bayern level in two or three seasons. “
Former international and Turkish expert Rıdvan Dilmen said: “There are attackers. They can be short and quick. Some are powerful. Some are great, like Peter Crouch, who can put the ball on the ground. Muriqi owns everything [of these]. If he could play alongside Alex, he could score 25 goals [in a season]. ”
what is his future?
Everyone has a say, but with the pandemic impacting Turkish football, it could be sold.
The head of the Kosovan football federation, Agim Ademi, said: “Tottenham insists on signing Muriqi.
“But there are also other teams in Italy who are interested in him. Tottenham was ready to pay whatever Fenerbahce wanted, but since then other Serie A clubs have entered the race, such as Napoli. “
His agent Haluk Canatar told Fanatik, “I will not approve this question. Britain’s official request will come. The official request from Italy will come. I know it will come, but I can’t name the club. “
What is his contract?
He has three years left on his current contract, so it will cost.
West Brom is believed to be around £ 18m, but a report said the Spurs had already offered a £ 22m deal.
Jose Mourinho reportedly sent scouts to monitor the attacker before the transfer window opens in January
Fenerbahce is holding an offer of € 25 million.