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.