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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