West Brom capture ‘battling’ Turkey international for rest of season

Date published: Monday 1st February 2021 6:42 - Isaac Johnson

Okay Yokuslu

West Brom have announced the signing of Turkey international Okay Yokuşlu on loan from Celta Vigo, bolstering boss Sam Allardyce’s squad options.

The 26-year-old defensive midfielder, who has been capped 29 times for his nation, will stay at the Hawthorns until the end of the season.

Speaking on the club’s official website, the Baggies’ Sporting and Technical Director Luke Dowling said: “It has been a priority since the start of the January window to build on the quality we already have in the building and, in Okay, we have a proven international midfielder who we believe can help us in our battle to remain in the Premier League.

“As was the case with Mbaye Diagne and Robert Snodgrass, it is important the players joining us understand the situation in which we find ourselves, and are prepared to fight to help us achieve our goal. It is testament to Okay that he has also made the decision to commit himself to that challenge.

 

 

“Okay is a battling midfielder who wears his heart on his sleeve. We look forward to him joining up with his teammates later this week as they prepare to face Tottenham on Sunday.”

Yokuşlu has only started three times in La Liga for Celta Vigo this campaign. He also made a total of nine substitute appearances.

The former Trabzonspor player managed to get dismissed in one of those games.

He was shown a straight red for violent conduct in the 3-1 win over Granada in November after coming on in the 74th minute.


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West Brom set to sign Maitland-Niles

Meanwhile, West Brom have reportedly agreed a deal with Arsenal to take Ainsley Maitland-Niles on loan for the rest of the campaign.

The Premier League strugglers have been chasing the versatile England international for some time.

Boss Sam Allardyce said: “We have until 11pm, I think we will try between now and 11pm to try to find two more players who are available.

“It’s not just the player, it’s also what finances are left. Time is running out but we have spent quite a considerable amount of our budget that was available.”

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