Everton still have work to do in order to complete the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, according to the Turkish side’s chairman.
Fikret Orman, chairman of the Super Lig club, also revealed that the forward is subject to a bid from the Chinese Super League.
‘We had an offer from Everton. But the situation is not finished yet,’ Orman said in the Mail as he announced his side’s signing of Domagoj Vida.
‘We had an offer from a Chinese club for him too. They offered €35million but we didn’t even talk about that.’
It has been revealed in the Mail that Sam Allardyce and co. thought that a deal for the Turkish international believed to be worth £25million was about to go through when the asking price was increased to £27m.
On Tuesday there were claims that the deal would come to fruition ‘in the next 24 hours’ – but that has now passed.
The Toffees will be eager to get Tosun in at Goodison particularly with the side being accused of lacking imagination in front of goal.
Football Insider verdict:
With the chairman of Besiktas revealing that an offer has come in from another party and that the club did not even entertain it, that signals that Cenk Tosun should become an Everton player any day now. Should the Merseysiders capture their target it will send out a signal to the rest of the Premier League of the club’s future ambitions. The Champions League hitman has also been spotted out and about in London which has done little to dampen down the rumours.
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