Report: Tottenham plot move for £17m Euro goal machine, London PL rivals keen
By Matt Farr
Tottenham are considering a summer move for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, according to a report.
Turkish news outlet Fotospor report that Tottenham are one of at least five European sides currently chasing the 25-year-old striker, with Premier League rivals West Ham also keen.
Bleacher Report had previously reported that West Ham had built a detailed dossier on the player.
It is believed that Tosun, who has two years left to run on his current deal at Besiktas, could be available for £17million.
Bayer Leverkusen, AS Roma and Valencia are also credited with showing an interest in the 18-time capped Turkey international.
Subscribe to Football Insider TV now
Tottenham are expected to pursue a number of goalscoring options in this summer’s transfer window, with a lack of reliable backup to chief goalscorer Harry Kane.
Vincent Janssen has failed to meet expectation since his £17million move to the club at the start of the season, leaving Mauricio Pochettino in the hunt for firepower once again.
Tosun has set the Turkish Super League alight this season with a superb run of goalscoring form, netting 16 goals from 25 appearances.
He has also been in red hot form on the European circuit, scoring four goals from Besiktas’ Champions League and Europa League runs this season.
Football Insider verdict
Tosun has demonstrated the goalscoring pedigree that Tottenham will be looking for this summer, but they will be determined not to fall into the same trap they did with Janssen. The Dutchman had scored 31 goals last season, but has scored just one Premier League goal since his move to Tottenham, and Pochettino will not want to spend a similar sum to land Tosun only to achieve the same result. Tosun could adapt to the rigours of the Premier League far quicker, but given the risk that lingers over the potential deal, Pochettino may be hesitant to follow through – and rightly so.
In other Tottenham transfer news, an academy specialist has revealed that four players are set to quit the club this summer.