‘Plan is ready’ for Turkish side to sign Everton striker next summer

Lewis Oldham
Everton striker Tosun is likely to join Besiktas

Turkish outfit Besiktas have a “plan” in place to sign Everton striker Cenk Tosun “under better conditions” next summer, according to reports.

Tosun previously played for Besiktas between 2014 and 2018. He scored 41 Super Lig goals from his 96 outings during this time.

This form earned him his £27m move to Everton during the January transfer window in 2018.

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The 30-year-old has struggled since making his move to England. He has only managed to net nine times from his 49 Premier League outings.

Tosun re-joined Besiktas on loan during the winter window last season. He scored three times from his four outings but his move was impacted by a knee injury and him testing positive for Covid-19.

Turkish outlet Sabah (as cited by Sport Witness) have reported that Tosun will not be able to return to action until the start of 2022.

The striker’s current Everton contract expires at the end of the 2021/22 season. The report adds that Besiktas’ “plan is ready” to sign Tosun “under better conditions” next summer on a free transfer.

Elsewhere, Everton Director of Football Marcel Brands has revealed that Donny van de Beek was “on [their] list” of summer transfer targets:

“We had him on our list. At the beginning of the transfer window, we enquired at United, then it was impossible,” Brands said.

“At the end of the window, I received a call from Guido Albers, his agent, that he might be rented out after all. But at the last minute, it was cancelled. Stopped again.”

On whether Everton would try to sign van de Beek in January, Brands added: “You always depend on whether a club wants to cooperate. And it is early October, so much can still happen with injuries. United are playing on various fronts, it’s hard to say now.

“It is of course a pity for Donny. He is a very good player, no doubt about it. Such a boy wants to play and wants to return to the Dutch national team.

“But you know that at such a club the pressure is great and the competition is huge. When you see what United had sitting on the bench: Cristiano Ronaldo, Jadon Sancho, Paul Pogba…”