Who is Cenk Tosun? The £20m-rated Besiktas star wanted by Everton
The Turkish international striker is one of the hottest commodities in Europe after his goalscoring exploits in the Champions League and Everton look set to ensure he is playing on Merseyside from January.
According to a growing number of reports in Turkey, Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun has agreed terms over a move to Premier League outfit Everton.
Tosun, a 26-year-old Turkish international, enjoyed a breakout campaign at the Vodafone Arena last season, racking up 27 goals in all competitions, including 20 goals and 5 assists in 29 league starts.
He has also started out the current season in impressive fashion, having netted 13 times across all competitions.
The versatile Eintracht Frankfurt youth product can play either as the focal point of his side’s attack, or on either wing, and has also notched 8 goals in 24 appearances for Turkey.
Tosun has been linked with moves to a number of Premier League sides over recent months, with all of Newcastle United, Everton, Tottenham and Crystal Palace.
Goodison Park bound?
However, as per intensifying reports in Tosun’s home country, it is in fact Everton who have agreed personal terms with the striker regarding a January transfer:
Who is Cenk Tosun and where does he come from?
Born in the city of Wetzlar, in the state of Hesse, Tosun’s talent was identified at a young age and he joined Eintracht Frankfurt, who played nearly 75km away, at the age of six.
Tosun was a hit with the Eagles and spent 13 years at the club progressing through the various youth levels.
He was prolific too, scoring 20 times in 40 outings for the Under-19s and adding a further 12 in just 17 appearances for the second string.
But despite boasting an enviable strike rate he could not force his way into the first team with any regularity.
It was clear the young forward was not going to get his chance and in January 2011 he left for Turkish side Gaziantepspor for just €400,000.
It proved a shrewd deal for the Turkish Super Lig side who were soon rewarded for their leap of faith.
Tosun scored his first league goal in his third game for the club, a 4-1 thrashing of Bursaspor. He bagged his second 13 minutes after his first and finished his first half a season with the Falcons having netted 10 in just 14 starts.
By the summer of 2014, Besiktas decided they had seen enough and snapped up the Turkish international. He was used as an impact player for a couple of seasons but that all changed at the start of the 2016/17 season. Despite competition from former Newcastle forward Demba Ba, Tosun thrived.
He scored in the first three Super Lig games of the season and he was on his way, finishing the season with 24 in all competitions and a second league winner’s medal.
And Tosun credits Ba with helping his development at Besiktas. “I learned a lot from Demba Ba and Mario Gomez – I developed and gained a lot of experience,” he told UEFA’s website in April.
“They are both top-quality strikers. I increased my goal haul last season and finally felt ready to break into the starting XI. The coach trusted in me and I’m repaying his faith by scoring.”
The question now is at what price will it take to bring Him to the premier league.
With a 20-goal haul last season and if he continues his exploits in the Champions League, where his four goals have fired Besiktas top of Group G and assured them of at least a place in the Europa League, that figure will rocket is likely to be around the £20million plus mark.
Sam allardyce is a big fan and it is rumoured that a with fee agreed with the Merseyside outfit.
Tosun to goodison in January ? Looks certain.