Everton offered Besiktas the chance to sign Cenk Tosun on loan for the 2020/21 season while offering to pay every penny of his £60,000-a-week wages, according to Fotospor.
The immediate response to such a claim is to wonder why on earth the Toffees would be willing to fork over £3 million a year to a player who would have spent the entire campaign away from Goodison Park.
But if Everton are to find a buyer for Tosun with just two years left on his contract, they need to ensure the seldom-seen striker is not wasting away in the Goodison Park bomb squad.
The Premier League pacesetters may have been hoping that a loan spell back at his former club could help Tosun rediscover that golden touch – and raise the price-tag of a player who is now worth a fraction of the £27 million Everton paid to secure his services during the ill-fated Sam Allardyce era.
Take Alexander Sorloth, for example.
After 12 goal-laden months on loan at Trabzonspor, Crystal Palace were able to sell a £9 million man for somewhere closer to £20 million.
Unfortunately for both Everton and Tosun, an emotional return to Istanbul didn’t come to fruition.
Fotospor claims that Everton also offered the German-born 29-year-old to Besiktas’s bitter rivals Fenerbahçe and Galatasaray; a tactic that did not exactly go down well with the 2017 Super Lig champions.
Besiktas walked away from the negotiating table and Tosun is now stuck in limbo until January at least.