In Focus: Everton target Tosun has the quality to be a Premier League success

According to reports in The Guardian, Everton have agreed a £25m deal to with Besiktas to bring striker Cenk Tosun, who has scored 63 goals for the Turkish outfit, to the club during the January transfer window.

What’s the word, then?

Well, The Guardian says that the 26-year-old is set to sign a four-and-a-half deal with the Toffees when the window opens on January 1, and he is set to be Romelu Lukaku’s replacement after the Merseyside outfit failed to find one during the summer.

The Guardian says that Sam Allardyce has tracked the Turkey international, who has been in prolific form this season, for some time, and wanted to bring him to Crystal Palace when he was in charge there last term.

The report adds that Everton are set to pay £20m up front, with another £5m potentially to follow in performance-related clauses.

How good has Tosun been this season?

He has been excellent.

The 26-year-old has scored 13 goals and provided a further three assists in 23 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas, with four of those goals coming in the group stages of the Champions League as the Turkish outfit finished on top.

According to WhoScored.com, Tosun’s strengths include his finishing and his ability in the air, although he has only won 37 of the 99 aerial duels he has contested in 22 outings in the Super Lig and in Europe.

He has successfully completed 16 of the 30 dribbles he has attempted too though, which suggests he is also decent with the ball at his feet.

Will he be a good signing for Everton?

The 26-year-old has scored goals at every club he has been at during his career, and his record of 63 in 141 appearances in total for Besiktas is certainly impressive.

Tosun isn’t afraid of a battle, is good with either foot and looks to be physically suited to the rigours of the Premier League, but it remains to be seen how quickly he adjusts and whether he can find the net as regularly as he has done before.

That said, with Yannick Bolasie returning to action and with others like Gylfi Sigurdsson and Wayne Rooney in the team, he should have plenty of creativity behind him.