Everton have confirmed a deal to take Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun to Goodison Park.
Bizarrely, the club announced the £27m capture at half-time of an FA Cup third round Merseyside derby at Anfield, in which they were 1-0 down to Liverpool at the time.
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The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a four-and-a-half-year deal, and becomes the first signing to be made under current manager Sam Allardyce.
Speaking to the Everton website, Cenk has expressed his confidence that he can make a big impact in the Premier League, and opened up on the role that Allardyce had in bringing him to Merseyside:
“I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am. I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton.
“The Premier League is a strong league, I know that, so my own physical strength will help me. Also I can use both feet the same and I believe I am a good striker in the box.
“Sam Allardyce was a big part of my decision. He said he really wanted me here and to feel that, of course, is another big reason to come to Everton.”
The Toffees had hoped to have the former Besiktas forward in the squad for the aforementioned clash with Liverpool, but due to a last-minute hitch the signing was delayed. However, he is now raring to go in Everton’s push up the table, and will probably be involved in come capacity in next week’s Premier League clash against Tottenham at Wembley.