Besiktas Striker Tosun Still Keen On 2018 Move To Palace

0 Posted by - September 21, 2017 - News

Having looked around Europe for a back-up striker to Christian Benteke all summer, Crystal Palace tried and failed to sign Besiktas frontman Cenk Tosun on the final day of the transfer window, with the man himself seemingly still open to a move at a later date.

According to this interview, the Turkish international was more than happy to swap the European giants for SE25, given the profile that the Premier League has across the globe but due to the late nature of our bid, there was little anyone could do to get everything signed off in a timely manner.

I won’t lie to you, prior to hearing about our interest in the 26-year-old, I knew next to nothing about him, his history within the game or his chances of succeeding in the UK but following news of our attempts to sign him, it’s fair to say that Cenk has made quite an impression on me with his domestic form; scoring two goals in his last three games.

With his strike away to Porto in the Champions League gaining acclaim, (despite some decidedly dodgy goalkeeping from a certain Iker Casillas) Tosun has supposedly been getting interest from a number of other top sides in Europe, including Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham Hotspur.

It would of course feel typical of Palace to fail in a bid to sign a striker, alerting our competitors to him before losing out on him in the following window but with Tosun himself speaking so openly about his willingness to leave Turkey for England in the future, I see no reason why we wouldn’t be back in for him as soon as 2018 begins.

As things stand, we’ve all been left praying that Christian Benteke doesn’t sustain an injury between now and January, at which point Connor Wickham is tentatively expected to return from his year-long lay-off. Bakary Sako may have grabbed the winning goal against Huddersfield on Tuesday but I for one would be far happier if Tosun or Wickham were ready to go in the Belgian striker’s absence during the second half of the campaign.

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5 Comments

  • TonyN September 21, 2017 - 7:29 am Reply

    I will be honest Wickham has never impressed in the games I have watched over the years. He may be a good championship striker but I haven’t seen anything that would make me feel he is a premiership striker. We let Gale and Murray go because they can’t cut it. Sako may be a short term bandage for cup games but I would be looking at the U23 to find better cover till Jan. And this is Palace so it will be an inflated price, big wages and no certainty that he will flourish in the Prem.

    I would love to know who said no to Defoe…. a two year contract would have seen us with a lot less worries but this is CPFC and we don’t do the easy way. Still after all the years of following I still expect common sense once in a while. Must be crazy.

    • admin September 21, 2017 - 7:31 am Reply

      The Wickham debate is one which truly splits our fan-base as I am 100% in the “huge potential” camp. His technique, size, aerial prowess and age all point towards him possibly turning into a top player in my mind. That said, I do know where you’re coming from on the face of things, he hasn’t performed to the levels many expect of him in his career to date.

  • Richard C September 21, 2017 - 7:42 am Reply

    Tony , I think Defoe was always going to go back to where he started. We were never his first choice. My big concern on the transfer front is that a continued dip in form and results by Palace will mean any thoughts of signing decent players in the transfer window will be hit twofold, both by players not wanting to come and management not wanting to spend due to relegation contingency planning. It is therefore vital that we are not cut adrift by Christmas and must try and collect 18 points by then. A tall order given our next 3 matches, but not unattainable. If we have a chance of staying up then the Board will spend. If they think not, then it could be a miserable second half of the season.

    • admin September 21, 2017 - 7:43 am Reply

      I think Tony’s comments probably stem from John Salako’s quotes the other night. I could be wrong though.

  • Eric The Ninja September 21, 2017 - 4:58 pm Reply

    I, for one, would be happy to go and pick up Gayle or Murray and drive them to Selhurst right now.

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