It has been revealed that Everton had to fight off as many as 10 of their Premier League rivals to get the big-money signing of Cenk Tosun over the line, according to the player’s agent Ceylan Caliskan.
The Turkey international striker signed for the Merseysiders for £27million from Besiktas on Friday after scoring an impressive 14 goals in just 24 games in all competitions this term.
The 26-year-old Everton man netted 41 times for the Istanbul club in his three years there but it was his performances this season that caught the eye.
Newcastle United, Crystal Palace and Chelsea were reportedly all among his admirers but in the end it was the Toffees that won the day and Caliskan opened up on how the deal came to fruition.
”The first time Everton watched Cenk was on the 13th September when Besiktas beat Porto 3-1,” he said in an interview with Turkish-football.com
”They also watched the Finland-Turkey game and the Champions League match against Monaco.
”Cenk scored in each of those games but as me kept scoring interest kept increasing.
”By this time six Premier League clubs wanted Cenk, they were regularly scouting him. Steve Walsh was first to watch Cenk, he informed Sam Allardyce who was impressed.
”Allardyce was really keen on the move and made sure it happened.”
Tosun was Everton’s first signing of the January window, but the capture of the hitman came too late for many citing the failure of the club to replace Manchester United-bound Romelu Lukaku in the summer as the main contributory factor behind the Blues appalling start to the season.
When Allardyce took over the Blues in November they were in the relegation zone but the 63-year-old won four of his first five games in charge and they now sit comfortably in ninth place in the Premier League table.
However, Everton have lost their last two games and face a daunting visit to Wembley Stadium on Saturday evening to face Tottenham Hotspur and it is expected that Tosun will make his debut in this one.