Everton have suffered a blow in their pursuit of highly-rated striker Cenk Tosun, with his club Besiktas increasing their asking price, according to a report.
The Toffees appeared to have secured a £25million move for the Turkey international but the Mirror now claim that the Istanbul club are demanding £27million for the player.
Tosun has scored 14 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas this season, including four in the Champions League.
Besiktas have increased their asking price for the 26-year-old after being hit with a price increase for his replacement, leading to a stand-off over the fee.
Football Insider verdict
This could be a significant blow for Everton and their manager Sam Allardyce. The team have been in desperate need of a striker since they sold Romelu Lukaku to Manchester United in the summer. They managed to sign Sandro Ramirez, but he has failed to make an impact since his move to Goodison Park. Tosun has proven himself to be a lethal finisher for Besiktas this season and would be a great signing for the Toffees. His impressive goal scoring record speaks for itself and he should be able to continue his form in the Premier League, should he make the switch to Merseyside. The player appears to be keen on the move, after flying to the UK to finalise his deal, but the transfer is now in danger of collapse after this latest report. For Everton, if he’s worth £25million then surely he’s worth £27million?