Farhad Moshiri must urge Everton to boot Cenk Tosun out of Goodison Park in January amid claims of negotiations with West Bromwich Albion over a permanent transfer.
According to Ekrem Konur, the Baggies have held talks with the Toffees over a potential deal for Tosun to move to The Hawthorns this winter with the Turkey international warm to their approach.
Tosun has struggled to establish himself under Carlo Ancelotti with just six outings to his name since recovering from cruciate ligament surgery, which saw the £60,000-per-week deadweight’s half-season loan with Crystal Palace called short last March.
Tosun enjoyed his second-longest appearance of the season so far as Everton lost 1-0 at home to West Ham United on Friday night, with only a 21-minute cameo at Newcastle eclipsing his 11-minute run out against the Hammers.
Crystal Palace were in possession of a £20m option to buy Tosun at the end of his loan spell last season, with Everton pushing to recoup as much of the £27m Sam Allardyce paid to sign the 29-year-old from Besiktas in 2018.
Allardyce has been claimed to be behind West Brom’s interest this month, with The Mirror (27/12, p. 69) suggesting the one-game England boss is keen on a reunion as he seeks to bolster the attacking threat of his relegation-threatened side.
It remains to be seen how highly Everton value Tosun this January having requested £20m for the 45-cap international since January 2019, when the Eintracht Frankfurt product was first deemed surplus to requirements at Goodison Park by former head coach Marco Silva.
Moshiri must surely step in and urge Everton’s Director of Football Marcel Brands to seal a permanent deal to sell Tosun to West Brom this month with the two sides reportedly holding talks.
Tosun’s time at Goodison Park has been up for the past two years, but has continually stuck around through the Toffees’ inability to secure the fee they have demanded and a serious injury throwing a potential deal with Crystal Palace out of the window.
The Blues may struggle to find a suitor willing to pay £20m in the current market with Tosun yet to score since making his return to action in November, while only scoring five of his 10 Everton goals since Allardyce departed Merseyside in the summer of 2018.
Tosun netted five times in 14 games under Allardyce during the current Baggies boss’ time on Merseyside, but failed to repeat his success under Silva and has now been granted permission to leave by Ancelotti after just 44 minutes of game time.
Ancelotti has come nowhere near to seeing Tosun add to his record, either, with the 29-year-old yet to register a single shot or attempt a dribble under the Italian while losing 50% of his aerial duels, per WhoScored, highlighting Moshiri’s need to urge Brands to seal a deal with West Brom.