By Russell Edge

Newcastle United are closing in on the capture of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun after being given an asking price which was just £2.5million off their initial offer, according to a report.

Turkish news outlet Aksam News claim on their website that the Magpies sent the Turkish side an offer of £17.5million (€20million) but it was rejected, with the club’s president Fikrit Orman looking for £20million instead.

It means that Newcastle are just £2.5million away from securing a deal for the 26-year-old forward, putting his capture within touching distance as they look to beat off competition from Premier League rivals Tottenham and Crystal Palace for his signature.

The 23-time-capped Turkey international has scored eight goals in 13 appearances across all competitions this season, and his signature would be a record breaking swoop for the Magpies, with their current highest transfer being that of Michael Owen back in 2005.

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The fact that Newcastle appear to be so close to agreeing a transfer fee for the Turkish hitman should be exciting for the Magpies, although as history has shown, nothing is ever simple on Tyneside. The extra £2.5million being asked for is very little in terms of Newcastle’s income, thanks to the likes of the Premier League television deal, and there could be a way to include it as a clause rather than an outright payment, which could help the club save a bit of cash. While any report must be taken with a pinch of salt there can be no smoke without fire and the club’s interest in Tosun has been well reported for months, so it could well be they are closing in on what would be a crucial signing in January.

In other Newcastle United news, Rafa Benitez has delivered a worrying update on the future of this star player.

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