Crystal Palace should sign Cenk Tosun if Everton beat them to Michy Batshuayi

With Crystal Palace still struggling to score goals despite creating a whole host of chances, their hunt for a striker this month is still very much on as we enter the midway point of the winter transfer window. However, if one of their main targets gets poached, they should be reactive in the market…

What’s the word, then?

Michy Batshuayi, a player that the Eagles have expressed an interest in signing before when they had a £31.6m bid accepted from Marseille for the Belgian international’s signature, appears to be back on the market.

The 25-year-old has had his season-long loan with La Liga side Valencia cut short after boss Marcelino expressed his unhappiness with Batshuayi’s performances, which has seen the forward return to Stamford Bridge where he is well out of favour under Maurizio Sarri.

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The former Standard Liege striker has scored just one league goal so far this season, but he is still a very dangerous poacher who would take no time in adapting to Premier League football again.

Who’s in for him?

Everton are interested in Batshuayi along with the Eagles, as both sides look to strengthen their attack. The Toffees, however, would have to secure a permanent deal as they cannot have another player on loan from the blues – Kurt Zouma has already signed on a temporary deal, and only one loanee is allowed from the same club.

Palace would look best placed for the deal, but if Marco Silva does pip Roy Hodgson to the striker, the 71-year-old should demand Cenk Tosun, who would be even more out-of-favour at Goodison Park if Batshuayi signed.

The south London side were also close to signing the Turkish forward back in 2017, but lost out to the Merseysiders.

27-year-old Tosun has started just six Premier League games this season as he has lost his place to Richarlison up top,  but has still managed to score two goals and record two assists and remains a very good forward.

If Everton nick yet another striking target from Palace, all parties would be happy if the former Besiktas man arrived at Selhurst Park.