Newcastle Put In Bid For Top January Transfer Target – Only £2.5M Short Of Valuation

There is news coming out of Turkey today on that Newcastle have put in a €20M (£17.5M) bid for what looks like our number one transfer target in January – 26-year-old Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

But the bid was said to be turned down by Besiktas’ President Fikrit Orman who wants a fee of £20M for the player.

We certainly need a player who can start to score goals for Newcastle after we have managed only 10 goals in our first 10 games in the Premier League.

Last year we were well served by both Dwight Gayle (23 goals) and Matt Ritchie (16 goals) who between them scored 39 goals for us last season.

This season neither has scored a goal yet, and Dwight is struggling to get into the starting lineup.

Newcastle want to sign Cenk in January and with the club only presumably £2.5M short of Besiktas’ valuation, a deal could be agreed between the clubs.

Crystal Palace and Tottenham are two Premier League clubs also interested in Cenk, and the Turkish club believe it will be difficult to keep their striker in January.

They are reported to be already looking at potential replacements.

Cenk Tosun – top target for January

Last season Tosun scored 24 goals and 4 assists in 47 games for his club and this season he has scored 6 goals and 2 assists in 10 games.

Since joining Besiktas from Gaziantepspor back in 2010, he has played 128 games with 56 goals and 12 assists for the Turkish club.

With the poor performance of our strikers so far this season, it seems critical that Rafa beings in at least one new striker in the January window.

That’s if Newcastle are to finish in the top half of the table this season.

What do you think?

Comments welcome.

9 comments so far

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:39 PM

    Comment #1

    martoon from earlier…I must admit I know absolutely nothing of acquisition!

    …so whether Purslow is being kind to us or have an agenda I don’t know!

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:45 PM

    Comment #2

    Simple answer on this one

    Rafa doesnt trust Mitrovic. Offer Besikitas Mitrovic plus 5 million for Tosun

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:46 PM

    Comment #3


    You forgot about your Uncle Charlie Hurley already?……Shame on you

  • hibbit

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:49 PM

    Comment #4

    that could happen
    i think there’s more to it than trust !!

  • expatmag

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:57 PM

    Comment #5


    Seems that way. Regardless of wherher we have new owners by January or not, Rafa has to clear the decks somewhat and bring in replacements.

    I can see Mitrovic Gayle and Haidara going out. A couple of swap deals might be on the cards

    Mitrovic plus cash for Tosun
    Gayle plus cash for Cairney

  • xfer

    Nov 1, 2017 at 12:58 PM

    Comment #6

    No way we are already talking about transfers?

  • beefman13

    Nov 1, 2017 at 1:42 PM

    Comment #7

    I cannot believe we have put a bid in of this amount when the owner is planning on buggering off, i will believe it when i see it, he`s still at barrack road, i bet he`s here at the end of the season, sorry everyone for being a pessimistic twat.

  • Benton Toon Exile

    Nov 1, 2017 at 4:10 PM

    Comment #8

    Ed, We do need a striker who can score 15+ in the premier league, Mitro looks on his way out as Rafa doesn’t seem to trust him, and he doesn’t do as instructed, Gayle just isn’t good enough for this level….However I do believe if Joselu could get a few under his belt he would be a player..

  • stingray

    Nov 3, 2017 at 6:38 AM

    Comment #9

    I haven’t seen anything yet to suggest Joselu is “going to be a player”. I’d be looking for one or more things in a striker – pace, power, skill, or great tactical awareness. Not sure I’ve seen anything to suggest he has much of any of those.


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