Crystal Palace may still be in with a chance of landing Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun during the January transfer window after the Eagles discovered that the Turkish outfit are still keen to shift the frontman if the price is right.
Steve Parish had launched a very late bid to bring Tosun to Selhurst Park at the end of this summer’s window, only to run out of time to complete the deal on Deadline Day. The striker himself has since publicly admitted that, had we given ourselves enough time to get all of the necessary paperwork done, he would now be playing in red and blue rather than the black and white of the Turkish giants but there is little use in looking back and these things and wondering what might have been.
Whilst the bid we are believed to have had accepted in the summer was hovering around the £10 million mark, the forward’s fine form in the weeks since (he’s now got eight goals in 13 games) will almost certainly have seen his price-tag double in size; particularly when you factor in a pair of eye-catching performances in the group stages of the Champions League.
You may wonder why a player in such fine form for a club who look for all the world to be heading into the knockout stages of Europe’s elite club competition would willingly swap his current role for one battling at the foot of the table but for many players in countries such as Turkey, the promise of wealth and profile offered by the Premier League is simply too overwhelming to turn down.
For my money, we are likely to be outbid for Tosun by a club higher up the English food-chain by the time January does roll around (Tottenham seem like a smart bet) but for now, we are at least hearing plenty of positive noises from both the player and his club over the possibility of a move taking place.
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