Besiktas have told Leeds United they must pay €5m (£4.5m) if they want to land winger Jeremain Lens in January.
The Whites, who top the Championship ladder at Christmas, are keen to do business in the upcoming transfer window and have highlighted the winger as one of their main targets.
Reports in Turkey suggest that whilst Besiktas were not planning on selling the 31-year-old winger Lens, they have now slapped the price tag on him.
Lens, a former Sunderland winger, scored three goals during his time with the Black Cats but hopes for a much more profitable move back to England should Leeds secure the signing next month.
Bruce on verge of joining Owls
Former Hull City manager Steve Bruce is edging closer to getting back into management – with Sheffield Wednesday poised to appoint him as their new manager.
The Sheffield Star reports that the Owls are close to agreeing terms with the ex-Aston Villa boss, who was sacked in October, and there could be an official announcement this week.
Assistants Stephen Clemence and Steve Agnew were spotted in the stands at Hillsborough as Wednesday secured a crucial 1-0 victory over Preston North End at the weekend.
Boro eye Genk forward
Middlesbrough want Genk striker Mbwana Samatta, the Mirror say.
Teessiders’ chief Tony Pulis will fresh up his strikeforce in the New Year – and the Tanzanian is at the top of his shortlist.
The 25-year-old forward burst onto the scene in the Jupiler Pro-League – and already has 15 goals to his name.
Pulis is ready to let Rudy Gestede move on loan in the New Year – his former boss at Aston Villa, Paul Lambert, is interested in taking him to Portman Road.
Samatta is likely to cost between £7-8million if Genk are prepared to business on a striker they brought over from Tanzania a few months ago.
Bowen won’t be sold on the cheap
Nigel Adkins insists Jarrod Bowen will not be sold “on the cheap” as Hull City ’s head coach braces himself for bids to be tabled during the January transfer window.
Bowen was the Tigers’ hero in Saturday’s 3-2 victory over Swansea City, scoring his seventh and eighth goals of the campaign to lead a brilliant comeback inside the final quarter.
The 22-year-old’s brace lifted City up to 16th in the Championship but will also have been noted by a clutch of Premier League clubs reportedly tracking his progress.
Cardiff, Fulham, Burnley and Tottenham have all been credited with an interest in Bowen but Adkins says the continued uncertainty over City’s ownership will not force a sale next month.
“We’re not in a situation as a club where we say ‘Oh damn, we’ve got to sell anyone for the hell of it.’ That’s not the situation, we’re making that perfectly clear,” said Adkins.
Stoke scouring market and identify Karaman as target
Stoke City have an interest in Fortuna Dusseldorf’s Kenan Karaman.
The Potters have been tracking the left-winger throughout the winter – although he has had a stop-start campaign so far.
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The former Turkey Under-21 international was at Hoffenheim as a youngster but has struggled for consistency.
However, boss Gary Rowett wants options in wide areas and Karaman is one that has been brought to his attention by his recruitment team at the bet365 Stadium.
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