Newcastle United striker target Cenk Tosun will not be leaving his current club Besiktas for any less than £20million, according to a report.
Turkish website Turkish-football claim that the Super Lig side are looking to ward off any potential suitors from making a January move for their top forward, and will not be entering into any discussions with clubs that do not meet the multi-million pound price tag placed on the 26-year-old.
It is said that both Newcastle and Everton are keen on making a swoop for the German born Turkey international, while this latest report claims English giants Manchester City, the current Premier League leaders, have also been watching him in recent weeks.
A £20million move would be a record breaking deal for Newcastle, whose current highest transfer spend is the £16million spent on Michael Owen back in 2005, making it the longest standing transfer record in England’s top flight.
Tosun has 10 goals in 18 appearances this season, including four in the Champions League, and is contracted at the club until 2019.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle will have to break their transfer record sooner or later, and it very well could be for Tosun. They are in desperate need of a striker who knows where the back of the net is, and it may well prove that they have to splash the cash to secure their Premier League survival. However, such an outlay would be viewed as unnecessarily extravagant by current owner Mike Ashley, so the Magpies may have to wave goodbye to their chances of snapping up the 26-year-old unless a takeover happen prior to the January window. However, whether they capture Tosun or not, a striker has to be a priority, and manager Rafael Benitez will no doubt have a list of candidates.
In other Newcastle United news, supporters have said this top flight reveal is an “absolute disaster”.