Everton have made a breakthrough in talks with Besiktas over the signing of Cenk Tosun and the striker is now due to jet into the UK on Friday to put the finishing touches to his move to Goodison, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Tosun, 26, is poised to join the Toffees in a deal worth £25million and will agree terms to a four-and-a-half year deal to become Sam Allardyce’s first signing on Merseyside.
It is understood that Newcastle and Crystal Palace have also been in pursuit of the Turkey international, however Everton’s financial “clout” is said to have convinced the striker that a move to Goodison Park is the best option to take.
Tosun appeared to be waving goodbye to Besiktas fans on Thursday night when he scored in the 4-1 win over Osmanlispor in the Turkish Cup, which now appears as though it could be his final game for the Istanbul giants.
The former Frankfurt striker has proven himself to be a lethal finisher with Besiktas this season, scoring 14 goals in 24 appearances across all competitions, with four of them coming in the Champions League group stages.
Football Insider verdict
Everton needed a striker and they have not messed around in finding one this time. They spent the whole summer looking for a decent replacement for Romelu Lukaku but only managed to sign up Sandro Ramirez, however he has since proven to be a bit of a flop. In the summer, Everton also got the bulk of their business done early so it will be interesting to see whether or not Allardyce will try to push through one or two more deals within the first week or two of January. Steven N’Zonzi is understood to be one of his targets, and he, as well as Tosun, would represent a good couple of signings for the Blues.