By Wayne Veysey

3rd Oct, 2019 | 4:13pm

Exclusive: Brands ready to sell Everton player at £17m loss in January

Everton are willing to sell Cenk Tosun at a massive £17million loss in January, Football Insider can reveal.

The club held talks about signing him to Qatari club Al Gharafa last week but he rejected the move despite being a fringe player at Goodison Park.

An Everton source has told Football Insider the club are willing to sell Tosun for £10million in the winter window, a huge loss on the £27million spent to buy him in January of last year.

Recruitment chief Marcel Brands has identified the Turkey international as a player who can be sold to generate funds for January purchases.

As revealed by Football Insider, Everton will be in the market for a new senior centre-back to provided competition and cover for Michael Keane and Yerry Mina.

Tosun’s future at Goodison Park is up in the air after he slipped to third choice centre-forward following the late-summer arrival of Moise Kean.

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Marco Silva was open to selling him in the summer but a deal could not be agreed, and then Everton tried again to shift him to the Middle East before talks collapsed.

The striker has made just two substitute appearances this season, one apiece in the Premier League and League Cup.

Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin are ahead of him in the spearhead pecking order.

Tosun has struggled to live up to expectations since his arrival in January of last year from Besiktas.

He has played 45 times for Everton, scoring nine goals, after being prolific in his homeland as well as for the Turkey national side.

In other Everton news, it can be REVEALED that the club are plotting a move to sign “the next Jamie Vardy”.