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Leeds United in European transfer battle for 13-cap international midfielder

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Leeds United are one of several clubs from across Europe interested in signing Feyenoord’s Orkun Kokcu.

That’s according to journalist Freek Jansen, who has also credited Roma and Sevilla with an interest in the midfielder.

Despite still only being 20 years old, Kokcu already has plenty of senior first-team experience under his belt.

The midfielder has already made 102 appearances in all competitions for Feyenoord, scoring 13 goals and providing15 assists in that time.

As well as that, Kokcu has also won 13 senior international caps for Turkey since making his debut for the country last September.

Now it seems as though that is attracting plenty of attention from around Europe. Speaking on Dutch TV show Studio Voetbal on Sunday night, Jansen claimed that Leeds, Sevilla and Roma are all watching Kokcu closely.

As things stand, there are three-and-a-half years remaining on Kokcu’s current contract with Feyenoord, securing his future with the Dutch giants until the end of the 2024/25 season.

This could certainly have the potential to be a very good signing for Leeds if they pull it off.

Having failed to bring in central midfield cover for Kalvin Phillips in the summer, that is a position that could be on the agenda again in the summer.

Kokcu is obviously someone who could fill that role with some useful top-flight experience, and at his age, the potential to do so for a number of years, while improving from an already high level.

That interest from elsewhere could make this a difficult deal for Leeds to do, but it would be quite the coup if they do make it happen, so it could be one that is well worth pursuing.

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UCLan Sports Journalism graduate. Have been working for Leeds All Over since summer 2020, and can only be found writing on Football League World.