Everton will have to take a big financial hit if Cenk Tosun is to be sold before Monday’s transfer deadline, according to Darren Bent.
The former Premier League striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, admitted the Turkey international has failed to hit the expected heights at Goodison Park and suggested he needed a move to a club where he “feels loved”.
As reported by Sky Sports, Tosun’s former side Besiktas, as well as CSKA Moscow, are keen on signing the 29-year-old before Monday’s transfer deadline.
The Toffees spent a reported £27million on signing Tosun from Besiktas back in January 2018 and has a contract set to run until 2022.
The hitman has struggled for game time under Carlo Ancelotti this season and was not part of the matchday squad against Leicester City.
Bent has compared Tosun’s time at Goodison to that of Sebastien Haller at West Ham and suggested the Toffees would have to take a big loss on his sale.
Bent told Football Insider: “Cenk Tosun just hasn’t worked out for Everton, he’s shown flashes and moments where he can score goals and to be fair to him, he’s never really been given a real run of games.
“I know when he first arrived he played a little bit but as far as a real good run, I don’t think he’s got that so, unfortunately, it hasn’t worked out and they probably are going to have to take a loss.
“Just like West Ham had to take a big loss on Haller, Cenk Tosun they’re going to have to do the same, they can’t expect to get a big billing for him.”
“He’s another one that I showed at times he can score goals but maybe he needs to go somewhere else, first and foremost, where he feels loved. I think once that happens, you’ll start to see the best of him.”