Striker Rafa Benitez ‘tried to sign’ in 2017 linked with January move to NUFC..

According to reports in Turkey, Newcastle are considering a loan bid for Everton striker Cenk Tosun.

The 28-year-old was heavily linked with a move to St James’ Park across 2017, with the Chronicle revealing how Rafa Benitez made attempts to bring him to Tyneside – only for him to leave Besiktas for Everton in a £27m deal two years ago.

Since then he’s struggled for game time and is said to be available on loan according to TRT Sport – who report that both ourselves Crystal Palace and Aston Villa are showing interest.

Tosun – who’s scored 10 goals in 47 games in England – is said to be have already turned down a move to Germany, with TRT claiming that he’s hoping to remain in the Premier League.

It’s a move that could make sense from a short-term perspective – he looks useful, better than most of our current strikers and is someone our scouts will now well – but with him turning 29 this year, you’d think only a loan deal (providing the fee and his wage demands are low) would appeal to a Mr. Mike Ashley.

It’s a story the Turkish media could have made up easily given our recent interest, but a deal that could make some sense.

Would you take him, or should we be aiming higher than third-choice Everton strikers in our search for goals over the second half of the season?

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About Olly Hawkins

Olly has been a Junior Magpie from birth. As a season ticket holder and avid Newcastle United fan - he eats, sleeps and breathes all things NUFC.

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