Everton agree £27 million deal for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun
Everton are finally on the verge of completing a £27 million deal for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun after the Turkish club announced an agreement has been reached.
After prolonged negotiations, officials from both clubs have shaken hands during talks in London on Wednesday night. He may even be registered in time for Friday’s FA Cup tie with Liverpool.
Besiktas’ president Fikret Orman said Tosun should be an Everton player shortly.
“Our interests and the players interests are important,” said Orman. “Cenk wants to join Everon. We want to do our part and we are working on a replacement.
“The era of buy, buy, buy is over. This is the era of buy, add value and sell. A final deal has not been reached yet but we have an agreement over the price. The end is near. The transfer will be wrapped up by the weekend.”
Manager Sam Allardyce confirmed an agreement, pending a medical and personal terms.
“I think it is personal terms, the final stage. After some long negotiation we got to that stage,” said Allardyce.
“That might happen before the Cup if we’re lucky. There is a medical. But securing the player is the most important thing. With his track record and age, hopefully he can solve a problem.
“He has not trained for a few days and wants this move to happen. You burn mental energy wanting the move. I would not want to use him against Liverpool and risk an injury.
“He has pedigree. He is a good age. Hopefully he will show he is good value for money. If he is successful and scores goals it will be an exceptionally good deal. I hope he proves us right.
“We have searched high and low, even before I arrived, for a striker. This is one we focused on as quickly as we can.”
Tosun will be the first major deal of the Allardyce reign. He is expected to sign a four-and-a-half-year deal, with the club hoping their pursuit of a replacement for Romelu Lukaku is now over.
He could be the first of several new arrivals. Allardyce is keen on another left-back as well as trying to sign Sevilla’s Steven N’Zonzi. That will depend on who he can shift from the club.