Expect More Everton Signings Beyond Cenk Tosun - Former England Star


English Premier League's Everton completed Friday signing of the 27 million pounds ($36 million) deal for Turkish global striker Cenk Tosun after days of intense talks.

Tosun scored 20 league goals last season as Besiktas retained their Super Lig title, and has scored 8 league goals and 4 in the Champions League to help the Turkish giants to the round of 16.

Tosun, a 26-year-old Turkey worldwide, won the Super Lig twice with Besiktas in 2016 and 2017.

"I want to play as soon as possible", he said.

I know the guys as I've always watched Everton's games from Turkey, so I know a bit about the team already.

"It feels great to be an Everton player".

The fact Tosun has been content to turn his back on playing in the knockout phase of Europe's premier club competition underlines the financial and sporting lure of the Premier League.

'I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am.

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The Toffees announced the deal for the Besiktas man at half-time of their FA Cup clash at local rivals Liverpool.

The Turkish global has signed a four-and-a-half year deal at Goodison Park in a move understood to have cost in the region of £27 million.

'The manager and the club really wanted me very much and that is why I am here, ' Tosun said.

"They are professional enough today to know what the size of the game is and make sure they try to deliver the best on Friday night".

Everton's ultra-defensive approach to the recent Premier League draw at Anfield was roundly criticised, not least by his Liverpool counterpart, Jürgen Klopp, and Allardyce admits improvement will be necessary to achieve a first win across Stanley Park since 1999.

He said: "This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree".

"He is an all-rounder, with good movement".

Tosun has scored eight goals for Turkey in 25 appearances to date. But we can't have researched any more and can't have looked at the qualities of the player more, not just from a talent and goalscoring point of view but from the mentality side too.