In Focus: Newcastle given big boost in Tosun pursuit

Newcastle United have been given a major boost in the pursuit of Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun following quotes from the Turkish outfit’s president Fikret Orman.

What’s the story?

Newcastle are one of a number of clubs that have been linked with a move for Tosun, who has been tipped to leave Turkey when the January transfer window opens for business.

The Magpies have now been given a boost after Besiktas president Orman told TRT Spor that he would be open to the 26-year-old leaving at the start of 2018 for the right price.

Orman claimed that there had been no official offer as things stand, but his comments are expected to spark a response from Newcastle, who are in the market for a new striker following their problems in the final third of the field this season.

Tosun still has two years to run on his deal with Besiktas, whilst it is understood that the Turkish champions rate the striker at £20m, despite currently placing a valuation of just £9.5m on his head.

What are Tosun’s credentials?

Tosun fired Besiktas to the Turkish title with 20 league goals last season, and he has managed 10 goals in 16 appearances during the 2017-18 campaign.

Four of the striker’s goals this term have come in the Champions League, whilst he has netted five times in 11 Super Lig appearances during an impressive start to the season.

Tosun has also found the back of the net eight times in 24 appearances for Turkey, and at the age of 26, the signs are very bright for the future.

It would be some coup if Newcastle could bring the forward to England, but the Magpies will surely face competition from a number of other interested clubs.

Pricing could also be a problem as Besiktas hold out for the right fee, although it is certainly a transfer to watch ahead of the January transfer window.