Everton have held talks about signing Bestikas striker Cenk Tosun, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that Newcastle and Crystal Palace also want Tosun, 26, but he is set to agree terms to a four-and-a-half-year deal in order to move to their Premier League rivals Everton.
Guardian deputy news editor Ed Aarons claimed on his personal Twitter account on Wednesday night that the Toffees had agreed a £25million deal to sign the Turkey international from Besiktas.
And now it seems that the forward is also on the verge of agreeing personal terms ahead of a switch to the Premier League in January.
Turkish news outlet DHA reported in November that Newcastle submitted a bid worth £8.9million plus the services of their striker Aleksandar Mitrovic in a player exchange deal for Tosun.
However it seems that was well short of Bestikas’ valuation of their goal machine, who has netted 13 goals in 23 appearances across all competitions, with four of those strikes coming in the Champions League group stage.
Last season, Tosun fired 20 goals in 33 league appearances to help the Istanbul giants win the Turkish Super Lig title.
Football Insider verdict
Newcastle seemed to have been in the hunt for Tosun for quite some time and it now appears that it is a case of going back to the drawing board for Rafa Benitez and his recruitment experts. The Magpies simply do not have the £25million to be able to compete with the likes of Everton in the transfer market so it’s no wonder that they have missed out on Tosun. The former Frankfurt striker would have been a perfect player to lead the Newcastle attack and this is further evidence that the club needs to be sold by Mike Ashley as soon as possible. Benitez simply has not been given the resources needed to improve this squad.
In other Newcastle United news, the Toon are joint favourites to sign this powerhouse striker in January from a Premier League side.