Tottenham Hotspur have got a green signal for one of their reported targets as the player’s current club president indicated his willingness to sell the player in the January transfer window.
We reported earlier how Tottenham scouts were looking at Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun with a view of making a move in the winter window. It now appears that the Turkish club could be open to selling their in-demand striker.
Besiktas president Fikret Orman was speaking to the Turkish media when he indicated that the club could look to cash in on the player. As quoted by Haberturk, he said:
“If the proposals are very serious numbers and we need to sell to benefit the club, we will sell.
“But your opinion is also important. If the proposals arrive in January, we will sit back and talk.”
Tottenham scouts were present when Tosun played for Turkey in their World Cup qualification match against Iceland. It wasn’t a good day for the striker who failed to impress the scouts as his team went down 3-0.
He did impress in the next game against Finland where he scored a brace and gave a glimpse of his talent. There is no confirmation if the scouts were present in that match. Reports also indicate that scouts from another Premier League side, Newcastle United, were in attendance during the match against Iceland.
Besiktas are in a very good position in regards to their striking options as they have a ready-made replacement in Alvaro Negredo. The former Manchester City striker is a very accomplished option for the Turkish side, which explains their stance with Tosun.
Orman has set an asking price of £22m for the striker and reportedly both Tottenham and Newcastle are looking to make bids in the winter window.
Tosun has been impressive for Besiktas and has started this season with 4 goals in 9 games. Will he fit the profile that Mauricio Pochettino looks for in his forwards?
Tough to say but one thing is for sure – Pochettino has made his striker choice in the summer by bringing in Fernando Llorente. With Harry Kane in such fine form, it is tough to see the Spaniard upstaging him in the first XI, let alone Tosun if he signs.
Obviously, he would arrive as a backup striker but will the prospect of being the third-choice striker excite the Turkish attacker? The next few weeks would reveal!