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Arsenal joined by Brighton in transfer race for £30m-rated Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu

BRIGHTON have joined the hunt for Feyenoord midfielder Orkun Kokcu.

Arsenal and Leicester are among the Premier League clubs to have been tracking the Turkey star, 22, for some time.

Much-wanted Orkun Kokcu is now being monitored by at least three Prem clubs


Much-wanted Orkun Kokcu is now being monitored by at least three Prem clubsCredit: Getty

But Brighton’s interest in the £30million-rated Feyenoord captain comes amid ongoing speculation about the future of star midfielders Alexis Mac Allister and Moises Caicedo.

World Cup winner Mac Allister and Ecuador international Caicedo are on the shopping lists of big clubs in England and Europe.

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Both Mac Allister and Caicedo have signed new contracts this season, until 2025 and 2026 respectively, with the club holding the option for another year in both cases.

Brighton have no need or desire to sell either player, but their determination will be tested this summer by clubs able to pay big fees and offer the players massive pay rises.

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Kokcu has led Feyenoord to the top of the Dutch league and into the quarter finals of the Europa League.

He has scored 12 goals in 35 appearances in all competitions this season.

The Dutch-born star represented Holland at youth level but switched allegiance to Turkey and has 20 full caps.

It’s also been claimed that Tottenham and Sevilla are keen on him.

And Feyenoord chief Dick Advocaat believes Kokcu has the flexibility plus technique to do a job for any club.

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the former Sunderands and Rangers manager said: “I think he fits in everywhere.”

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