Despite failing to get a deal for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun over the line when they tried at the end of this summer’s transfer window, Crystal Palace appear to have gone back in for the Turkish striker, submitting a formal offer for him over the last couple of days.
Having identified Tosun as an ideal target relatively early on in the last transfer window, the club have since admitted to regrets over waiting so long to try and push a deal through, with this latest development suggesting a dramatic change of tactics from those behind the scenes in SE25 ahead of the New Year sales.
To Cenk’s credit, his form for Besiktas has been quite remarkable in the months since, with his goals helping to propel them into the knockout stages of the Champions League after stunning many across the continent by topping a group the included Porto, RB Leipzig and Monaco, thanks in no small part to the four goals Tosun bagged for himself across the six fixtures.
Across all competitions this term, the 26-year-old has managed to notch a stunningly impressive 14 goals in 25 appearances, with three to his name in December alone, leading to interest in his signature from all manner of clubs alongside Palace. Unfortunately, the man himself was quoted as saying he’d had a “near escape” by not joining us back in August only a few weeks ago, leading me to believe he’ll be keen to steer clear of Selhurst Park if his club do happen to accept our offer this time around.
Whilst I admire our optimism in resubmitting a formal bid for his services, it seems likely that he’ll stay put until the summer before making a move to another Champions League participant, with Tottenham Hotspur having been tentatively linked with him in the months since the previous transfer window closed. I would love nothing more than to be proved wrong and be greeted by the sight of him holding up a Palace shirt in early January but as things stand, it looks to be rather a long shot.