Premier League strugglers Crystal Palace are to renew their interest in Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun when the transfer window opens up again in January, according to The Sun.

The Eagles have endured the worst start to a season having not just failed to gain a point in their opening seven matches, but they are also yet to score a single goal.

The fact they have been unable to find the net was always going to make the priority in January to sign a striker, but the injuries to Christian Benteke and Connor Wickham have highlighted just how light they are in that area of the pitch.

That is something Roy Hodgson is expected to address in the next transfer window, and a return to a previous target is likely to be the first subject of their business.

Palace had reportedly agreed a fee with the Turkish giants in August, but the negotiations came too late for them to get a deal across the line. The Premier League side will hope that deal is still available in January.

The Besiktas president Firket Orman is expecting to engage in more discussions with the Eagles in the coming months.

“If the proposals are very serious numbers and we need to sell to benefit the club, we will sell,” he is quoted as saying in The Sun.

“But the opinion of our coach Senol Gunes is also opinion so if the offer arrives in January we will sit back and talk.”

If the Selhurst Park outfit are to land their man, they will need to move fast, with Tottenham also mentioned as showing an interest in the 26-year-old centre forward.

The striker, who banged in 24 goals for the Turkish champions last term, is said to be unwilling to move somewhere he would not be a first-team regular, which could give Palace an edge over Spurs in any bidding war.

Hodgson and his scouting staff were said to have watched Tosun play for Turkey in the international break and see him as an ideal man to bolster their attacking options, as they gear up for a strong second half to the season.


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