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Everton officials in Turkey to finalise Cenk Tosun deal

Everton officials in Turkey to finalise Cenk Tosun deal

Besiktas were reluctant to sell Tosun after reaching the knockout stages of the Champions League, but Everton's offer of £25 million for the player has been too good to turn down.

The Turkish global striker has attracted the interest of a number of Premier League clubs, and Everton were far from the first to identify his talents.

Everton are keen to recruit strikers in the January transfer window and are interested in signing Turkish striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, manager Sam Allardyce said on Friday.

However, Arsenal have been heavily linked with the 29-year-old - along with a host of other clubs - and will be more confident of bringing him back to England after Allardyce confirmed N'Zonzi wasn't high up on Everton's transfer wish list.

And they are now looking to January for reinforcements, with Tosun, who has 14 goals this season, chief among the targets.

"We need a front man if we can find one".

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"It is still one of the major problems that we have".

"That won't always happen so we need to strengthen in our goalscoring areas and that's new players".

"Sandro hasn't picked up the pace of Premier League and hasn't been able to show what he could do in Spain, Oumar [Niasse] has scored the odd goal but has never been a regular and was loaned out to Hull City while Dominic Calvert-Lewin is battling away but his goal record is around four".

Despite making two appearances for Germany's U-21 side, Tosun opted to play for Turkey at senior level and has eight goals from his 24 caps.

"I think he's got a bright future, but I don't think we can rely on him week in and week out at the moment".


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