Everton’s attempts to offload striker Cenk Tosun in the transfer window fell on deaf ears, according to reports.
The Turkey international has been battling a serious knee injury since February after rupturing his cruciate ligament whilst on loan at Crystal Palace.
Somewhat surprisingly, despite his lengthy absence from the action at Goodison Park, Tosun has still been included in Carlo Ancelotti’s initial 25-man squad for the Premier League season.
With the form of Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Everton’s brilliant start to the campaign, its hard to see where the 29-year-old will fit in to the picture when he does eventually return to full fitness.
And according to Turkish news outlet Fotospor, Everton offered the striker to former club Besiktas in the summer on a loan deal.
The report, as picked up by Sport Witness, claims that the terms of the deal would have required Besikstas to cover ‘all expenses’ – presumably wages – to take him back at Vodafone Park for the season.
However, the report goes on to suggest that the Toffees offered a similar package to both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, two of Besiktas’ biggest Istanbul rivals.
As such, this soured any potential deal for Tosun and no agreement was reached – Galatasaray and Fenerbahce weren’t keen either.
It remains to be seen what the future holds for the Turkish striker at Goodison Park, but you get the feeling that as soon as the January transfer window opens, he might not be around the place for long.