In Focus: Tottenham, Everton join race for £9.5m-rated striker

According to Haberturk, Tottenham Hotspur and Everton have both joined the race to sign Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun in the January transfer window.

What’s the story?

Wolfsburg, Newcastle United and Crystal Palace have all been linked with a move for Tosun, who has scored nine times in 15 appearances for Besiktas this season.

It had been thought that Newcastle and Palace were the only two Premier League clubs in the hunt, but according to Haberturk, both Tottenham and Everton are interested in bringing the Turkish international to English football.

The report claims that Spurs and the Toffees have already been in contact with Tosun’s representatives over a potential winter move, although Besiktas are expected to drive a hard bargain for a player that is wanted by many European clubs.

Is Tosun worth all the fuss?

Tosun’s 20 league goals last season fired Besiktas to the Turkish title, and he has also started the 2017-18 campaign in impressive fashion.

In addition to scoring four times in nine league matches this season, Tosun has registered three goals in three Champions League appearances. Meanwhile, at the age of 26, the forward certainly has time on his side when it comes to development.

Tosun is valued at £9.5m by transfermarkt.co.uk, although it is thought that Besiktas will hold out for at least double that sum due to the amount of interest.

Finding regular goalscorers for an affordable price is not exactly straightforward, and it is therefore not difficult to understand why so many clubs are considering moves.

Tosun’s record of eight goals in 24 Turkey caps is also impressive, and it seems that Palace, Newcastle, Everton and Tottenham are the four Premier League clubs in the mix as the winter transfer window draws closer.