By Russell Edge
The vice president of Besiktas has flown over to England to hold talks over the possible sale of Newcastle United and Tottenham transfer target Cenk Tosun, according to a report.
Turkish football news source Fanatik claim that Ahmet Nur Cebi travelled to the UK to sit down with officials from clubs who are interested in signing some of their top talent, in order to judge how serious the interest is.
Of those, 26-year-old striker Tosun has been heavily linked with a move to both Newcastle and Spurs in recent weeks, with the Chronicle reporting that the Magpies’ manager Rafael Benitez sat down with the club’s head of recruitment to discuss a potential swoop for the Turkish international.
The Lilywhites meanwhile were said to have approached officials of Besiktas over a move for the forward, who has 10 goals in 15 appearances across all competitions this season, and were quoted an £18million price for his services.
Football Insider verdict
If Newcastle or Tottenham hope to secure a move for Tosun, this is the time to do it. Speaking with Besiktas’ vice president would give them the best chance of arranging a deal which works in their favour, while it would also allow them to steal a march over rivals for his signing. However, his arrival in England may also be to force the club’s hand and show their bluff, and it awaits to be seen whether anything actually comes of the talks. It also surprisingly demonstrates that the Turkish side are willing to listen to offers for their star man, which hands all potential suitors a boost in securing the forward.
In other Newcastle United news, a report has detailed several promising updates on a potential takeover.