According to several reports in Turkey today, NUFC’s head of recruitment Steve Nickson has jetted out to watch long-standing striker target Cenk Tosun in Besiktas’ Super Lig clash with Akhisar tonight and their Champions League tie with Porto on Tuesday ahead of a potential €15m January bid.
Our number one priority this winter looks set to be the signing of proven striker, and with 34 goals in his last 48 starts for Besiktas, with 4 goals in 4 Champions League games and five in five for Turkey, he seems to be exactly that.
The Chronicle have responded to these rumours confirming that Tosun IS a forward who Rafa Benitez has been impressed by, but do claim that the price and our alleged offer of€15m (£13.4m) could be a stumbling block, with Besiktas’ president having made it clear that he would not accept less than €20m (£17.8m). A deal that seems far more likely if a takeover occurred by January perhaps?
It has been previously suggested that the Turkish striker is keen on a Premier League move, but it was been mentioned that he’d be open to seeing out the season with Besiktas and leaving in the summer – with their likely progression to the last 16 of the Champions League a possible factor.
Here’s a glimpse of Tosun – the player NUFC scouts look set to watch once again over the coming wee: