Tottenham are monitoring the progress of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun after the club’s officials were left impressed with his recent form, reports a certain Turkish newspaper Haberturk. Rivals Everton too are interested in the forward.
Tosun, who has also attracted fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace, was born in Germany and is a product of the Eintracht Frankfurt youth setup. The striker decided to move to Turkey by joining Gaziantepspor at an early age and by the 2014-15 season, he caught the attention of Besiktas and moved to the Turkish giants. The striker has been a revelation since joining Besiktas and has already scored 36 goals in close to 90 appearances.
The aforementioned source has claimed that both Spurs and Everton have already spoken to the player’s representatives and we can expect an official approach in the January window or during the next summer window.
Furthermore, Tosun, who represented Germany at the U-21 level before switching his allegiance to Turkey, was reportedly close to moving to Crystal Palace during the summer and Newcastle were thought to be in the fray as well, but no move materialised for some reasons. Besiktas, on their part, will reportedly demand a fee close to €26m, which actually is a peanut sum judging by how clubs spent this past summer.
Tottenham decided to send Vincent Janssen to Fenerbahce on loan this season and decided to go for Fernando Llorente soon after. The former Swansea man, however, has looked completely anonymous and is yet to score a goal this season, in any competition. It is not just about scoring, the Spaniard has not even registered a single shot on target so far.
Mauricio Pochettino preferred to use Son Heung-Min ahead of Llorente when Harry Kane was unavailable against West Ham and Man United and this is where Tosun could come into the picture. Someone who is equally adept with both feet and is strong in the air, the Turkish striker has already scored 8 goals in 13 games in all competitions and 3 goals in 3 Champions League outings. He has guided his side to the top of group G.
Signing him, however, won’t be a walk in the park given that Everton are pursuing him as well. The Toffees lost Romelu Lukaku in the summer and have failed to replace him adequately. And with Tosun having proven himself on the continental stages, the Toffees might go hard for his signature and might well carry an upper hand given that they can offer him regular first-team football which we probably cannot.