Cenk Tosun's admission hands Newcastle United major boost in pursuit of Besiktas talisman

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Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun is reportedly on the radar of Spurs while Newcastle and Crystal Palace made bids on deadline day.

Turkey's forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring a goal during the Fifa World Cup 2018 qualifying football match Turkey vs Finland on March 24, 2017 at Antalya arena stadium in Antalya.

Cenk Tosun is a man in demand. After plundering 20 goals to inspire Besiktas to the Turkish Super Lig title for the second season in a row, Premier League duo Newcastle United and Crystal Palace both saw deadline day bids rebuffed, according to The Sun.

However, it seems inevitable that the Turkish international will end up in England eventually with Tottenham Hotspur joining The Magpies and The Eagles in chasing the 26-year-old. The report adds that Besiktas may be willing to accept offers of £17.5 million – which is a small price to pay for a striker who could secure your Premier League survival or fire you into the later rounds of the Champions League.

And, in a further boost, Tosun has admitted to ESPN that he would be enthused by the idea of following compatriots Arda Turan and Nuri Sahin into a major European league.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal against Osmanli during the Turkish Spor Toto Super league football match between Besiktas and...

'I am keen on playing in England'

"All I am focused on right now is Besiktas -- we are doing well in the Champions League and league," the prolific striker said. "I am really happy at Besiktas but, like Arda Turan and Nuri Sahin, I want to be an ambassador for Turkey abroad. I am keen on playing in England.

"I am really pleased with the interest being shown from the Premier League sides mentioned. It really is an honour and we will discuss my future with the club president at the end of the season."

Tosun admitted earlier in the month that, if Palace or Newcastle had made an approach sooner in the window, he would likely be striking fear into the hearts of English defences already.

Besiktas' forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring during the UEFA Champions League football match FC Porto vs Beskitas JK at the Dragao stadium in Porto on September 13, 2017.

So get set for a scramble for his signature in January. Palace are crying out for a striker having set an unwelcome record for failing to score in each of their first five games of a league season.

Newcastle, meanwhile, have only Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic to choose from – and they are not exactly prolific in England’s top flight.

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