Newcastle Tracking Top Striker – Can Rafa Sign Him In January?

One of the strikers who has seemed to shoot to the top of the list at Newcastle (excuse the pun) is 26-year-old German-born Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

It was late in the transfer window when we were linked with him as Rafa seemed desperate to bring in another striker, but we failed to do that.

Since August Newcastle have been tracking quite a few players and one of them is Tosun.

Newcastle again had scouts to watch the striker in Turkey’s 3-0 home defeat against the improving Iceland team on Saturday.

The Turkish striker is attracting a lot of interest with Tottenham also represented at the game.

One problem that crops up if Premier League clubs show an interest in any player these days is the price.

26-year-old German-born Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun

And Besiktas have valued their 22 times capped Turkish International (6 goals) at €20M which is around £17.8M.

Rafa needs to get a top striker into the club before next season, and if we can get Tosun, it’s good if we can entice him from Besiktas in January so he can make an impact this season.

One problem is that Rafa will not know for a while how much money he will have to spend in January.

If Mike Ashley sells before then, it could be a lot – if not it will not be much at all.

Rafa may be forced to do some loan deals if Ashley is still the owner in January but the manager seems determined to improve his squad as much as possible early in the new year.

Tosun looks a good player, and since he joined Besiktas in 2014, he’s played 127 games with 54 goals and 12 assists for them.

This season he has 4 goals and 2 assists in 9 games.

Comments welcome.

5 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #1

    AncientC…that’s actually a good question mate…at a price of £1B where does Liverpool really go from there

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:51 PM

    Comment #2

    …but if you are just another rich person who would rather use your profit on a football rather than paying taxes and helping the little man then maybe you don’t have to care where you’ll go from there…

    …you are basically just using someone else money so to speak

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 9, 2017 at 2:57 PM

    Comment #3

    He seems overpriced for someone with no more than an OK goal record in theTurkish league. I guess part of the inflated prices is due to the pound struggling while the eurozone is doing so well, but the turkish lira is doing even worse than the pound so they seem to be asking a bit much.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:06 PM

    Comment #4

    It looks like the fact Ashley didn’t spend much this year and also knocked millions off the wage bill has enabled him to lower his asking price and get some interest. This seems to have been his plan. So maybe its a good thing in the long run. Although if he spends 20-30m in january the price will no doubt go up to include that. Kind of puts us between a rock and a hard place. Spend big and get stuck with Ashley, or spend nowt and risk losing Benitez but possibly getting a new owner.

  • The next Mike Williamson

    Oct 9, 2017 at 3:10 PM

    Comment #5

    Liverpool seem a better bet at 1bn than we do at 400m. Their strikeforce alone is probably worth close to our total value, Coutinho is worth about the same as our full squad!


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