Despite Crystal Palace currently sitting rock bottom of the Premier League, reports in Europe suggest that we remain in the driving seat for the January capture of Turkish international striker Cenk Tosun from Besiktas.
After having a bid accepted for the frontman in the final hours of the summer window, Palace were left frustrated when the necessary paperwork couldn’t be completed in time, leaving Tosun still a Besiktas player and the Eagles without a recognised frontman to act as a partner for Christian Benteke.
Inevitably, the Belgian striker was soon sidelined with ligament damage, leaving Roy Hodgson with no obvious alternative to fill his boots; all while Cenk was in red hot form for both club and country in a variety of fixtures across Europe.
You could be forgiven for thinking that our tardiness would have put an end to any serious talk of Tosun making the switch to SE25 at a later date but according to a report this morning, we remain the favourites to land him in the new year, despite serious interest in his signature from both Serie A and the Bundesliga.
Whilst it’s easy for us as supporters to look down on Palace’s stature within the league, players currently plying their trade in Europe’s less glamorous divisions understandably look upon the UK as the ideal destination for them to catch the eye of football’s biggest hitters.
It’s a story that lacks any real romance but for Tosun, a stint at Selhurst Park (even if it ends in relegation) may lead to bigger and better things further down the line and given our current predicament, the phrase “beggars can’t be choosers” comes to mind.
Who knows? Having Benteke, Tosun and a newly fit Connor Wickham available for selection may just be enough to keep us afloat between January and May, as long as we put up a fight in the next couple of months.
I’m keeping everything crossed.
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