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Cenk Tosun transfer: Everton target's price tag increased by Besiktas

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.

Everton director of football Steve Walsh is in Turkey discussing a big-money move for striker Cenk Tosun.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig football match between Besiktas and Galatasaray on December 2, 2017 at Vodafone Park...

Everton face having to pay £30m to land their top striker target after Besiktas raised their asking price for Cenk Tosun, according to the Liverpool Echo.

The Liverpool Echo understands that Everton director of football Steve Walsh flew to Istabul earlier this week to try to conclude a deal for the 26-year-old.

Tosun has scored 12 goals in 22 games for Beskitas this season, and the Toffees thought that they had their man with their offer of £25m, reports the Echo.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring a goal during the Turkish Super Lig football match between Besiktas and Galatasaray on December 2, 2017 at Vodafone Park...

However, the Echo adds that Besiktas are hoping to use the interest from other clubs in Tosun, namely Italian giants Roma, to hike up his price by £5m.

Everton manager Sam Allardyce has made a new centre-forward a priority in January after his predecessor Ronald Koeman failed to replace Romelu Lukaku.

Sam Allardyce, Manager of Everton looks on prior to the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Everton at Vitality Stadium on December 30, 2017 in Bournemouth, England.

Wayne Rooney is Everton’s top scorer with 10 goals this season, but the Toffees have been reliant on either Oumar Niasse or youngster Dominic Calvert-Lewin leading the line.

Tosun has eight goals in 25 international caps for Turkey, so although Everton may be forced into paying a premium fee, they would be getting a striker with a good pedigree.

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