In Focus: Tosun’s comments could make pursuit harder for Tottenham, Newcastle

Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun has told ESPN that he is keen on moving to England amid reported interest from Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace.

What’s the word?

The 26-year-old has admitted that Palace tried to sign him before the August transfer deadline, but the deal collapsed.

According to Turkish-football, Tottenham have taken an interest in the forward and sent scouts to watch him play and score in Besiktas’ 3-1 win over Porto in the Champions League last week.

The report claims that Newcastle are also keeping tabs on Tosun, who is expected to cost in the region of £17m.

While speaking to ESPN, the striker confirmed that he wants to one day join an English club, but he was not specific with regards to his ideal destination.

“I am really happy at Besiktas but like Arda Turan and Nuri Sahin I want to be an ambassador for Turkey abroad. I am keen on playing in England. I am really pleased with the interest being shown from the Premier League sides mentioned. It really is an honour and we will discuss my future with the club president at the end of the season.”

Who could win his signature?

From a Premier League club’s perspective, Tosun’s admission that he wants to play in England is both good and bad.

It is positive in the sense that he could push Besiktas into making a deal, but the negative aspect is that he is now opening the door for multiple top-flight clubs to make a move.

Tottenham have a vacancy in the squad following Vincent Janssen’s season-long loan move to Fenerbahce.

Having Tosun would be a great option given that he has a record of 24 goals in 47 appearances from the 2016-17 campaign, and he has already scored four times in six outings this season.

However, the player may need convincing as it is very unlikely that he will force his way into first-choice reckoning due to Harry Kane firmly holding on to that position.

Tosun would have more of a chance of regular football at Newcastle United, but going from a title-winning team in Turkey to a club battling relegation may not be favourable for the player.