Everton signs Turkey striker Tosun from Besiktas

Hope Soto
January 6, 2018

The defender Michael Keane is expected to miss out with a foot injury suffered against Manchester United on Monday but Cenk Tosun could feature, albeit only from the bench, should he complete a proposed £27m move from Besiktas in time.

Everton have until noon on Friday to register Tosun for the FA Cup tie.

Everton have finally filled the void left by Romelu Lukaku by completing the signing of Turkey striker Cenk Tosun for £27million from Besiktas.

Tosun has scored eight goals for Turkey in 25 appearances to date.

"It feels great to be an Everton player", he told the club's website.

He added: "While I was delighted we got a point at Anfield last time I wasn't happy about the number of times we wasted our possession".

"I want to play as soon as possible", he said. Everton is a great club with a big history and a big culture and I'm looking forward to showing the fans the kind of player I am.

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'I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am.

"The Premier League is a strong league, I know that, so my own physical strength will help me". I'm excited to play with them and to learn from them as well, players like Wayne Rooney and the very good creative players we have here, too.

Born in Germany, Tosun started his career at Eintracht Frankfurt before moving to Gaziantepspor in January 2011.

"This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree", Allardyce said in a statement.

Tosun scored 20 goals last season to help Besiktas retain their Turkish Super League crown.

Besiktas president Fikret Orman said his club were "working on a replacement" after accepting that Tosun wanted to move to Merseyside.

He has given a number of younger players a chance ahead of the Netherlands global too, so if a bid comes in for the 24-year-old, the Toffees may look to recoup as much of the £23.6 million as they can and admit he was a signing that failed. He has got some good movement, he's two-footed, he's not the biggest but he's efficient in the air in the box.

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