Reported long term Newcastle target hands Magpies promising update over future plans
By Russell Edge
Reported long term Newcastle target Cenk Tosun has said that his desire is to play in Europe when he departs current club Besiktas.
The Turkish international striker has been linked with a move to the Magpies since the summer, with the Daily Mail claiming back in August that the club had made a move late in the transfer window to secure his services along with fellow top flight club Crystal Palace.
While the 26-year-old remained with the Turkish side, Newcastle have continued to be linked with a move for him, having reportedly scouted him while on international duty and had reportedly been given a £20million asking price after submitting a £17.5million offer to Besiktas.
However, while the president of the club, Fikret Orman, insisted there was “no figure” which would make him sell his star striker, the player has outlined his desires for the future, and it makes promising reading for the Toon Army.
He says that his eventual desire is to play in Europe, and that he was proud to have been linked with a move to English sides like Palace, but insists he will only depart when Orman lets him.
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He told Turkish news outlet Milliyet: “I was very proud that my name was mentioned with these teams (Crystal Palace).
“When the time comes and the president decides, I want to play in Europe.”
Tosun has been in impressive form this season, with 10 goals in 15 games across all competitions, including four strikes in as many matches in the Champions League.
He has also picked up 23 caps for Turkey, netting eight times, and is contracted at Besiktas until 2019.
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