Newcastle United are ready to join a lengthy list of clubs chasing the Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, according to The Sun.

The Magpies are said to have been scouting the Turkey international for a year, and are ready to launch a bid to bring him to the Premier League in January.

Rafael Benitez has been searching for players to bolster his strikeforce since Newcastle were promoted from the Championship last season, and although he managed to add Joselu in the summer transfer window, he has made it quite clear he wants another forward as he attempts to keep Newcastle in the top flight.

The Spaniard has Ayoze Perez, Aleksandar Mitrovic and Dwight Gayle to work with in attacking areas, but he has reservations over whether the latter is good enough to maintain a challenge at this level.

Tosun is being linked with a whole host of clubs in January. Crystal Palace and Tottenham Hotspur are said to be lining up bids to bring him to London, while several other sides are said to be interested.

The 26-year-old has been prolific for Besiktas. He scored 24 goals in 45 matches for the Turkish champions last season, and already has six strikes in 12 games for club and country in this campaign.

Newcastle have begun their return to the Premier League strongly, but despite scoring twice against Southampton in their 2-2 draw on Sunday afternoon, they have struggled to find the back of the net with regularity.

That issue could be solved if they can get a deal done for Tosun, but they will need to pull out all the stops in order to bring him to Tyneside, given the competition they would face.

Before then, Benitez will be looking for his side to pick up maximum points when they host Crystal Palace at St James’ Park next weekend.


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