In Focus: Cenk Tosun would be a risky buy for Tottenham and Newcastle

According to Turkish-Football.com, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United are both ready to step up their interest in €20m-rated (approximately £17.9m) Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun after watching him in his country’s defeat to Iceland on Friday.

What’s the word, then?

Well, Turkish-Football says that Spurs are ready to firm up their interest in the 26-year-old after scouting him for the third time already this season against Iceland, although they could face competition from Premier League rivals Newcastle and Crystal Palace, who came close to bringing the centre-forward to England during the summer transfer window.

Turkish-Football says that the striker is valued at €20m (approximately £17.9m) following an impressive start to the campaign for Besiktas.

How has Tosun done this season?

The German-born attacker has made a good start and has scored four goals in nine appearances in all competitions for the Turkish outfit, including an outstanding goal in his side’s impressive Champions League victory against FC Porto in Portugal.

Even though his country were eliminated from the race to qualify for the 2018 World Cup when they lost to Iceland, the 26-year-old did score twice as his nation drew 2-2 with Finland in their final Group I encounter on Monday.

Would he be a good signing for Tottenham or Newcastle?

It’s difficult to say.

The fact that Spurs already have Harry Kane and Fernando Llorente in their ranks would surely mean that Tosun’s game time with the north London outfit would be limited – unless he is a long-term successor to the latter – although Mauricio Pochettino may see him as the quality back-up option that he wants.

Meanwhile, it is clear that the Magpies need another striker in the New Year with doubts over whether Dwight Gayle and Joselu can score goals on a regular basis, and Aleksandar Mitrovic’s future once again in doubt because of his temperament after he picked up a three-match ban for elbowing West Ham’s Manuel Lanzini in August.

While Tosun could certainly get them some goals if his recent record is anything to go by, his addition would also be a bit of a risk considering he has never played in the Premier League before.