Everton could finally offload wantaway striker Cenk Tosun over the coming months after he was linked with a permanent return to former club Besiktas.
Sabah’s report states: “Besiktas’s thought about the experienced striker whose contract with Everton will expire at the end of the season is to wait until June.
“The 30-year-old returned to his former club on loan in February, but his season was cut short after he ruptured his patella tendon in April.”
Tosun rejoined Besiktas on loan in February, three years after he first left the Vodafone Park, but he only made four appearances after he injured his knee just a couple of months later.
It’s been a frustrating few years for Tosun. The target man was brought to Goodison Park halfway through the 2017/18 campaign for a whopping £27m as Sam Allardyce’s charges looked to add more firepower to their attack.
The 6 foot striker had scored 41 goals in 96 Turkish Super Lig games since the start of the 2014/15 season and was confident of being able to replicate that sort of form on English shores.
“Everton is a great club with a big history and a big culture, and I’m looking forward to showing the fans the kind of player I am,” said Tosun during his unveiling as an Everton player.
“I bring my skills here, and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am. I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton.”
Unfortunately for Tosun, things haven’t turned out as he had hoped during his time as a Toffees player.
He made a decent enough start, bagging five goals in 14 league games for Everton during his maiden campaign, but just a further five strikes followed in his following 35 top-flight appearances between 2018/19 and 2019/20, with five of those outings coming during a loan spell at Crystal Palace.
As a result, Everton fans should be delighted that Tosun’s reported £60,000-per-week are soon set to be off the club’s wage bill, promising further funds for Rafael Benitez’s exciting rebuild on Merseyside.
After all, it was financial reasons that limited them so severely in the summer transfer window.