24 January 2018

Everton FC signs Beshiktash striker Cenk Tosun

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English Premier League side Everton and Beshiktash have reached a deal for Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun for 27 million pounds ($36 million) after days of intense talks, media reports said Thursday. reports citing Turkish media.

The Turkish forward will travel to Liverpool today to begin his medical checks ahead of the planned signing, Sky Sports reported.

Beshiktash President Fikret Orman and Cenk Tosun are currently in London.

"Cenk wants to join Everton. We want to do our part. We are working on a replacement. 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," Orman said.

The deal was initially delayed after Beshiktash said it wanted to hold out for a better deal than the £25m Everton offered.

When asked about the club's interest in Tosun, manager Sam Allardyce had said: "Him and many others. We will be actively looking for a front man in this window.

"I need more goals in the side than what we have at the moment."

Everton has been on the hunt for a good forward after failing to replace Romelu Lukaku who was transferred to Manchester United for £90 million.

The Germany-born Tosun, 26, showed an impressive performance as Beshiktash topped its Champions League group, securing a place in the last 16.

In Turkey, he is known as Tosun Pasha, in reference to a popular Turkish 1970s comedy show.

He is widely regarded as the best Turkish striker since the days of Hakan shükür, who helped his country to third place in the 2002 World Cup but then fell into disgrace over his links with U.S. based preacher Fethullah Gülen, blamed for the 2016 failed coup.

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