By Russell Edge
Tottenham are keeping tabs on three of Turkish side Beskitas’ star players, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet turkish-football.com claim that scouts from the North London side were in attendance at the club’s 3-1 Champions League victory over Porto on Wednesday night.
It is said that the scouts were there to watch striker Cenk Tosun, 23-year-old attacking midfielder Anderson Talisca and former Arsenal midfielder Oguzhan Ozyakup.
Tosun stole the show with a 32-metre strike, and the website claim that Besiktas are looking for a fee of £17.5million (€20million) to let the 26-year-old depart.
However, it is claimed that the Lilywhites face a Premier League battle to secure his signature, with both Newcastle and Crystal Palace, who reportedly made a £12million (€13.5million) deadline day bid for his services, having both reportedly shown an interest in the forward.
The 21-time-capped Turkish international has enjoyed a bright start to the season, with three goals in his opening five games, continuing his fine form which saw him find the back of the net 24 times during the last campaign.
Talisca, who is on a season-long loan from Portuguese side Benfica, has also started brightly, with two goals in five appearances, including the opener against Porto.
Meanwhile Ozyakup, who spent four years in the youth system at Tottenham’s rivals Arsenal, is yet to score this season, managing to chip in with one assist.
Football Insider verdict
Keeping tabs on the best players away from the top clubs in Europe is a sensible move from Tottenham, and one which will suit Daniel Levy’s aversion to spending down to the ground. A fee of £17.5million for a proven hitman is value for money, and with a decent goalscoring record in Europe, he could well prove a useful squad player. As for the midfielders, it awaits to be seen whether they have what it takes to break into a Spurs side already full of quality. The likes of Dele Alli, Victor Wanyama and Mousa Dembele will make it very hard for any new arrivals to break into the starting XI, and certainly is not an area which Mauricio Pochettino is likely to prioritise.
In other Tottenham news, Stan Collymore has given his prediction for their clash against Swansea.