Besiktas reportedly line up Demba Ba as Cenk Tosun replacement after Tottenham talks

Besiktas' Cenk Tosun (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group C football match Besiktas vs Tottenham at Ataturk Olimpic Stadium in Istanbul on...

Tottenham Hotspur have been linked with the prolific Turkish forward.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun (R) celebrates with Besiktas' Turkish defender Gokhan Gonul after scoring a goal during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between...

According to Turkish publication Haberturk, Besiktas are considering Demba Ba as a potential replacement for Cenk Tosun, with the latter linked with a move to Tottenham Hotspur.

Spurs may already have Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente on their books, but a recent report from the same publication claimed Tottenham have opened talks about the possibility of bringing Tosun to North London, with Besiktas hoping for a round £18million in return.

John Stones of England battles for the ball with Cenk Tosun of Turkey during the International Friendly match between England and Turkey at Etihad Stadium on May 22, 2016 in Manchester,...

The Turkish international has scored 10 goals in 15 games this season and has a total of 60 strikes in 133 appearances for Besiktas.

That is a fine record and it is no surprise Tottenham are interested, but it remains to be seen if Spurs chairman Daniel Levy would sanction an £18million bid for a player who could struggle for regular game time at Wembley.

Besiktas' Cenk Tosun (L) celebrates with teammates after scoring a goal during the UEFA Europa League Group C football match Besiktas vs Tottenham at Ataturk Olimpic Stadium in Istanbul on...

With Harry Kane the undisputed first-choice for Mauricio Pochettino's side, and with Llorente a more than able if under-used deputy, the signing of Tosun would suggest a potential change of thinking from a side that has realistic aspirations of finishing this season with a major trophy.

At 26, Tosun is arguably at his peak and if Tottenham are going to make their move, now may be the best time, especially with Besiktas said to be considering a free transfer to bring in Ba as his replacement.

 

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