There are three teams in the Premier League crying out for a prolific goalscorer.
One, Crystal Palace – a side bottom of the table after hitting the net just three times in their 11 games so far in 2017/18. Two, Everton – a side who have gone from targeting the Champions League to avoiding the Championship after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku.
And, three, Newcastle United – a side who are forced to pick from the less than prolific Joselu, Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic and have not won in six.
No wonder Besiktas’ red-hot Cenk Tosun was a target for this goal-shy top flight trio. According to The Sun, Newcastle and Palace have tracked the 26-year-old striker since the summer.
With the Turkish international’s price tag seemingly rising by the day, however, any deal appears to be becoming increasingly difficult. And Besiktas’ president Fikret Orman, just a month after saying that the club would sell for a decent offer, has now given the clearest indication that Tosun might not be on his way to England after all.
“It’s difficult mid-season to think about selling Tosun to the Premier League,” Orman told Sky Sports.
“It would need incredible numbers for us, £20m is not enough, I don’t need to sell now. I can wait until the end of the season.”
For Everton, Newcastle and Palace, however, they really can’t wait that long.
If Besiktas want far more than £20 million for a player valued at half that in August, however, big-spending Everton would appear to have the advantage.