Everton Ready To Rope In Turkish Ace To Address Their Striking Woes
Everton Ready to Rope in Turkish Ace to Address Their Striking Woes
Everton have agreed a £25m deal with Besiktas to sign the Turkey striker Cenk Tosun, with the 26-year-old ready to sign a four-and-a-half year contract when the transfer window reopens on 1 January.
Even though they have an unbeaten run of seven matches that has pulled them clear of the relegation battle, Everton have scored only 24 league goals this season and have been searching for a striker to replace Romelu Lukaku. Another attempt to sign Arsenal’s Olivier Giroud was rebuffed earlier this month, with Arsène Wenger keen for the France international to remain at the Emirates. This led to a formal approach for Tosun.
The former Eintracht Frankfurt and Gaziantepspor player was under Everton radar for sometime having found the net 13 times including four in Champions League.
After getting rejected at £15 million earlier this season,the money involved is £20 million along with £5 million add ons based on performances.
Tosun joined Eintracht Frankfurt’s youth system in 1997 but made only one appearance for the first team before moving to Gaziantepspor in 2011, where he spent three seasons. He joined Besiktas in 2014 and has scored 41 goals in 96 matches.
He might be Everton’s answer to squad balance. He has already ended any possibility of Everton being involved in a fight for survival, but his next challenge is to show he can evolve the style of play beyond a rear-guard action.
He will have to play a pivotal role after winter break.