Everton flop Cenk Tosun is now unlikely to rejoin his former club Besiktas this summer.
That’s according to a report from Turkish outlet Sabah, via Liverpool Echo, which revealed that the Istanbul club have ‘cut off contact’ with the forward ahead of a potential move given his fitness issues.
However, the 30-year-old is not set to return to full fitness until August at the earliest ahead of the expiry of his contract at the end of June.
It is imperative that the Toffees don’t offer Tosun a new contract and instead allow him to depart next month.
In that period, Tosun has made just 61 appearances for Everton, scoring 11 goals. To put that into perspective, each goal has cost the relegation-threatened side £3,872,182, making him a colossal waste of money.
Claimed to have been “desperate” to play for the Merseyside club according to former Everton manager Sam Allardyce, the forward has only made three appearances this season, with a combination of just 11 minutes played across the FA Cup and Premier League.
The 30-year-old has also endured two brief loan spells whilst struggling for game time at Goodison Park, making five appearances for Premier League rival Crystal Palace whilst also experiencing a return to his former club Besiktas.
These costs have already been damaging for Everton, but relegation to the Championship would make them detrimental.
Frank Lampard’s side still have a decent chance to survive the drop but are in a precarious position in the relegation zone, two points from safety. However, they do boast a game in hand on 17th-placed Leeds, which could prove to be vital.
If they are to suffer a first-ever relegation from the Premier League, the colossal expenditure of keeping Tosun at the club would act as a major dent to their budget for life in the Championship, so they must see through with the Turkish liability’s expulsion from Goodison Park this summer.