Fener plot Locadia coup

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Graham Potter is confident there is 'more to come' from Brighton's current crop of strikers such as Florin Andone and Jurgen Locadia.

Reports in Turkey suggest Fenerbahce are plotting a raid on Brighton for Dutch forward Jurgen Locadia.

The 25-year-old joined the Seagulls in the winter of 2018, signing for an initial fee of £10m with the potential for the deal to be worth as much as £15m due to add-ons.

Locadia made his debut in the 3-1 FA Cup win over Coventry and netted from close range in his first Premier League game, a 4-1 victory against Swansea.

However, with then boss Chris Hughton preferring to field a lone striker, the forward’s opportunities in his favoured number nine role were limited.

The Dutchman is also capable of playing out wide but the presence of Solly March and Anthony Knockaert meant cameo appearances from the bench were often the best he could hope for last term.

Inevitably rumours have circulated regarding a potential move away all summer and Championship outfit Derby were thought to be keen.

Locadia started the 3-0 opening weekend win at Watford, partnering Murray in a strike duo as new boss Graham Potter went with a 3-5-2.

Despite being given his head, the Emmen-born star struggled to have an impact at Vicarage Road. Furthermore, the men he and Murray were replaced by on Saturday both scored, with Florin Andone making it 2-0 and Neal Maupay completing the scoring.

Rumours in Turkey are now circulating that Locadia is being lined up by Fenerbahce director of football Damien Comolli.

Sari Kanaryalar are thought to have pondered a move as far back as last summer, when the player’s former PSV coach Phillip Cocu took over at the Sukru Saracoglu Stadium.

Cocu is also said to have been the driving force behind Derby’s potential deal after taking over at the Rams, but Turkey looks the most likely destination should he leave the Amex.

Fener’s business this summer has largely focused on acquiring domestic targets although they did sign Huddersfield’s Zanka. The transfer window in Turkey does not close until September 2, so there is still time for Super Lig sides to do deals.

Comolli is expected to speak with the Brighton hierarchy in the next couple of days to try to hammer out a deal.

It remains to be seen what the structure will be, with the Seagulls believed to be keen on a permanent transfer, while the Turkish outfit would prefer an initial loan containing the option to buy.