After running out of time in which to complete the signing of Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun over the summer, it now looks as though Crystal Palace will face serious competition from Tottenham for the Turkish international’s signature.
Reports are now suggesting that Mauricio Pochettino’s Spurs are seriously considering a January move for the striker, alongside German giants Borussia Dortmund. Given our lowly league position when compared to the high-flying north Londoners, it seems highly unlikely that Tosun would look to force through a move to SE25, particularly when you consider the fact that Spurs will almost certainly be competing in the Champions League again next season.
Since our failed attempt to sign Cenk back in August, he’s gone on a quite remarkable run of goalscoring form for both club and country, altering plenty of bigger fish to his presence. After agreeing a fee believed to have been around the £10 million mark for his services over the summer, we can expect Besiktas to ask for close to double that when we return in January, leaving both supporters and directors kicking themselves over the club’s failure to push a deal through first time around.
Whilst our scouting process clearly identified Tosun as a striker with the attributes necessary to flourish in the Premier League, it’s worth remembering that Besiktas’ fans weren’t overly bothered at the prospect of losing him when the story first broke. This last couple of months have seen him go on a real purple patch of form, possibly as a consequence of the confidence he’s been given by all of the interest in him from further afield.
Given Benteke’s continued absence and the need to gently ease Connor Wickham back into the first-team when he returns (fingers crossed) in January, I’ll make no secret of the fact that I’d love to see Palace making a decisive move for Tosun on the opening day of the transfer window but if the supposed interest from Spurs is genuine, it would feel like a waste of time even bidding on our part.
Watch this space.