Without the services of Christian Benteke in the near future, Crystal Palace are being forced to look towards the likes of Freddie Ladapo and Bakary Sako to provide the firepower necessary to lift them off the foot of the Premier League table but if reports are to be believed, we’re already lining up a January move for a well-known striking target.
According to the Turkish press, Roy Hodgson and the Palace hierarchy are all set to reignite their interest in Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun at the very start of 2018, even though the man himself is unlikely to be all that keen to swap Turkey for SE25 if things stay as they are.
Although Cenk admitted in early September that he would almost certainly have joined us had the necessary paperwork been completed in time over the summer, the respective fortunes of Palace and his current employers point towards a probable change of heart if the opportunity were to arise once again. Whilst we are languishing at the very bottom of the Premier League table without a point or even a goal to our names, Besiktas currently sit second in the Turkish Super Lig and top of their Champions League group after victories over Porto and RB Leipzig.
To his credit, Tosun has played quite a prominent role in his team’s good form, scoring five goals in 11 appearances, two of which came in his most recent appearance, for his country, away in Finland on Monday evening. Indeed, his fine form is likely to have boosted the price-tag Besiktas are set to demand for his services in the New Year, with the previously agreed figure of £12.5 million almost certain to double next time around.
If the Palace top brass feel as though a bid of such size is what we need to survive for another year so be it but it would make you wonder why we were so reluctant to shell out a such a sum over the summer instead.
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