Report explains how close impending Everton signing Cenk Tosun came to Crystal Palace

Everton manager Sam Allardyce during the Premier League match between West Bromwich Albion and Everton at The Hawthorns on December 26, 2017 in West Bromwich, England.

Crystal Palace made a bid for Besiktas centre-forward Tosun on transfer deadline day but a move to Premier League rivals Everton is all but done.

Besiktas' Turkish forward Cenk Tosun (R) celebrates after scoring a goal next to Monaco's Italian defender Andrea Raggi during the UEFA Champions League Group G football match between...

Cenk Tosun will be an Everton player by the end of this week.

According to The Sun, the Turkish centre-forward was at The Toffees’ Finch Farm training ground on Wednesday to complete his medical and discuss personal terms ahead of a £25 million move from Super Lig champions Besiktas.

Tosun has fired Besiktas to successive league titles and was one of the standout players in this season’s Champions League group stage, his four goals and two assists helping the Istanbul giants cruise into the knockout rounds where they will face Bayern Munich.

It looks increasingly likely, however, that Senol Gunes’ side will be taking on the Bavarians without their talismanic centre-forward.

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.

But though Besiktas will be disappointed to see Tosun leave, Crystal Palace will also have greeted reports of his impending Everton with a great deal of disappointment.

Palace have been linked the 26-year-old even longer than Everton and, according to Turkish outlet Milliyet, saw a bid of £10 million rejected on the final day of the summer transfer window.

Despite Roy Hodgson bringing about a dramatic upturn of form at Selhurst Park, The Eagles’ wings have been clipped by a lack of a prolific goalscorer. Christian Benteke, top scorer last season, has just one this and there is a lack of quality in reserve.

Roy Hodgson, Manager of Crystal Palace looks on after the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Southampton at Selhurst Park on September 16, 2017 in London, England.

And while Palace were hopeful of reviving a deal in January, it seems they were wasting their time. Because NTV Sport claims that Tosun never had any intention of moving to Selhurst and will instead sign a four-year contract with Everton.

It seems Palace have spent the last few months chasing a player who was never going to arrive.

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