Palace’s albeit slim hopes of landing Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun during the January transfer window look to be completely dead following reports in the Turkey suggesting that the frontman is all set to sign for Everton.
Steve Parish and Dougie Freedman had made a late play to land Tosun in the final stages of the 2017 summer window but were thwarted by the looming presence of the deadline, meaning Palace had to come to terms with having just one fit first-team striker for the four months between August and January.
Although the man himself was said to be open to the idea of a move to SE25 at the time, the Eagles’ form in the weeks and months that followed, coupled with Besiktas’ startlingly good run in this season’s Champions League led Tosun to express relief at having “escaped a trap” by not making the switch to Selhurst Park over the summer.
Whilst Sam Allardyce had departed the club by the time Palace made their move for Cenk, you can be almost certain that his name was being thrown around by scouts prior to Big Sam’s departure back in May, leading me to believe that both he and Sammy Lee were quick to float the idea of signing him to those behind the scenes at Goodison Park upon their arrival.
With a rumoured £4 million-a-year, four-and-a-half year contract believed to have been put on the table by the Toffees, I can certainly see why a move to Merseyside would be an attractive move for the Turkish international, particularly when you take their upturn in form under Allardyce into account. Yes, it stings a tad to know how close we were to completing a deal for him back in August but in truth, we’ve got no one but ourselves to blame for not getting it over the line in time.
My only hope now, is that lessons have been learnt ahead of the New Year transfer window, ushering in a change of strategy behind scenes which sees us getting business done early rather than at the last minute, as we often have in recent years.
Fingers crossed Tosun doesn’t put us to the sword when we travel to face his proposed new club in February.