Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish has admitted that the Londoners will look to sign £27 million Everton striker Cenk Tosun on a permanent deal in the summer ‘if things go well’, speaking on Palace's YouTube page.
Two years after a former Besiktas hero made a big-money move to Goodison Park, described by then-Everton boss Sam Allardyce as the best value-for-money striker in Europe, the Turkey international is now playing for a rival Premier League club on loan.
Tosun failed to set the world alight on Merseyside, managing just nine goals in 44 top-flight games with Carlo Ancelotti seemingly reluctant to put his faith in a man who had also fallen out of favour under Marco Silva.
But with Crystal Palace desperate for a new number nine, the Londoners seized the chance to bring Tosun to Selhurst Park on loan until the end of the season. And if the 28-year-old can build on that debut goal against Manchester City, a permanent move could be on the cards.
“(Manager) Roy (Hodgson) felt we needed more firepower, so we took Cenk,” Parish admitted. “Obviously if we had bought him for £20million or whatever, maybe that would have been a better PR story, but he is an excellent player.
“I think he will be a big help going into the next six months and I see no reason why we couldn’t make that a permanent deal in the summer, if things go well for both parties.”
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton will demand £20 million for Tosun if Crystal Palace are keen to keep him at Selhurst Park.
And if the 40-cap striker can rediscover the sort of form that saw him fire Besiktas to successive Super Lig titles in 2015 and 2016, that will be £20 million well spent.
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