Everton look set to address a glaring problem with their summer recruitment by signing a striker in January.
Multiple sources on Thursday morning have reported that the Toffees have agreed a fee of £25m to sign Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
The 26-year-old has scored 62 goals in 140 appearances in all competitions since joining Besiktas in 2014, 36 of those coming in the last 18 months. The forward has also scored 8 goals in 24 games for the Turkish national side, including five in the team’s 2018 World Cup qualification campaign.
His impending arrival is already being greeted with excitement from one or two Goodison Park legends:
I really hope @Everton get Cenk Tosun I’ve recommended him to all the managers I speak to!!!!’ What a talent!!!!!!
— Don Hutchison (@donhutch4) December 28, 2017
Everton have been desperate for more firepower up front having failed to adequately replace Romelu Lukaku in the summer, despite heavy investment in the side. The £5.2m acquisition of Sandro Ramirez from Malaga has not had the desired effect, meaning 20-year-old Dominic Calvert-Lewin and previously exiled Oumar Niasse have had to share the goalscoring burden between them.
Sam Allardyce is still unbeaten since replacing Ronald Koeman at the beginning of December, and having made the Blues more solid defensively, he can now focus on improving the side’s attack.
All going well, the deal to take Cenk to Merseyside will be finalised when the transfer window opens on January 1st.