Report – Newcastle Have A Deal in Place to Sign Cenk Tosun

There’s a report from Turkey today (two to be more accurate) – which we probably should take with a pinch of salt – that says Newcastle have held meetings in London over the weekend about trying to do a deal for our top target – Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

The Turkish newspaper Fanatik is reporting something that we have a hard job believing – that Newcastle are willing to offer Aleksandar Mitrovic plus £9M for Tosun.

But the last we heard was that the Turkish club wanted maybe £17M for Tosun so that values Mitro at just £8M which seems far too low.

Newcastle paid about £14M for Mitro two years ago from Anderlecht and there has been news that his former club would be willing to take him on loan.

If the report of this deal is accurate it means we would be losing about £6M on the Serbian International striker during a two-year span in which transfer prices have gone through the roof.

It just doesn’t make sense to us.

A second report by Futbol Arena says that Newcastle officials even met with Mitrovic’ father, his representatives and the Serbian striker over the weekend to thrash out the deal.

It would seem that a swap deal involving Mitrovic for Cenk Tosun would seem to be a reasonable deal for Newcastle.

Newcastle would be getting a top striker in for a player who Rafa doesn’t seem to trust and certainly hasn’t been playing.

Far better get somebody in who can play for us and hopefully start scoring the goals.

Mitro also hasn’t been successful at the club and he doesn’t seem to have improved too much either – even with some coaching from Rafa Benitez.

We have a feeling that if Newcastle can get Tosun in he may try to sign another big striker on loan in January – like one of our former targets Danny Ings of Liverpool or Charlie Austin of Southampton.

In the past, some reports from Turkey have been dubious at best – but if there’s some truth around these two reports it means Newcastle are trying to line up a deal for a striker they can close early in January.

What do you think?

Comments welcome

23 comments so far

  • Darlingtoon

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:32 PM

    Comment #1

    It’s worth remembering that Mitro had a better scoring record before joining us than Cenk has, some of which also included Champs League goals. My point being that just because he’s scoring a few goals in the Turkish league, it doesn’t mean he’s going to be our attacking saviour.

  • catchy in norway

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:48 PM

    Comment #2

    are huddersfield and brighton championship squads? i would say yes, and both of those clubs do not have a world class manager, but decent ones. both seem better organised, both seem to have a plan.

    a world class anything uses what’s what’s available and gets the best out it. no one is expecting him to challenge for cups and titles with this squad, just try and win some games that are winnable.

    If he had no intention in using both Mbemba and Mitrovic he should not have added them to the squad, and it’s so sad to see these two not even make the subs bench sometimes, esp when diame and joselu get game time

  • c-dog

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #3

    @Rob on another crazy one today

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:52 PM

    Comment #4

    What draws us to Tosun.
    Is it seen primarily as a way to get rid of Mitro, who Raffa does not like.
    If so the logic in that could be very suspect.
    But typical Newcastle.

  • jimmygscot

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:54 PM

    Comment #5

    I can only agree. Whilst we knew the squad was not improved much over the summer we assumed Rafa would get the best out of the players, this does not seem to be the case and i look at upcoming fixtures and wonder where any points can be picked up.
    Mbemba surely has to be given a chance, present full backs cannot defend.

  • posada

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:55 PM

    Comment #6

    Watched some of MOTD stuff in slow mo.
    Manquillo seemed to be making no effort to get back when they scored.
    Likewise Diame, for their second, gets bi passed by a one two in midfield and makes no effort to follow his man.
    All the hallmarks of a side where something is drastically wrong.
    Similar to our last relegation after Christmas and the first few games under Raffa.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 1:58 PM

    Comment #7

    Moving away from stats and
    records and going on what I’ve
    seen with my own eyes.
    Tosun is five times the striker
    Big Al is.
    Mitro seems a nice lad with a
    good heart (and he supports
    the right club) but he is a very
    one dimensional player.

  • Jib

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:01 PM

    Comment #8

    I thought Mitro lingered for a bit
    at the end of the game on Saturday.
    Pity he couldn’t have said farewell
    to a capacity crowd buzzing after a win.

  • YoungMag :P

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:03 PM

    Comment #9

    Crazy one?


  • Essex Geordie Bill

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #10

    Nearly got caught out by the departing bus. 🙂

    Wow a lot of invective being hurled around today, so a fairly normal day on the blog then.

    For my two pennorth there are two essential changes that need to be made with the team for tomorrow.

    Perez and Merino back to replace HT and NT.

    One of the possible reasons for Ritchies loss of form could be (and it’s just a theory) is that he’s trying to do what Perez was doing so well and harass from the front, leaving Yedlin exposed.

    Lascelles and Mbemba would be a bonus change but I think the first two are the important ones.

  • Reilly

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #11

    Rafa Benitez: ‘We have to compete against Huddersfield & Brighton but we couldn’t sign the players they signed or pay the wages they paid.

  • Darlingtoon

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:05 PM

    Comment #12

    I’ll never get my head around how fickle some fans are. Rewind the clock a month and people were praising Rafa for how contained the team was looking and the fact we had hardly conceded any goals and were sitting around 6th. Now four losses down the line and he’s being questioned and people are wondering where the next win will come from. Don’t underestimate the impact that Lascelles’ leadership has and the fact that we’ve been missing that in the past few games. We’re bound to get another couple of wins before the end of the year and then we’ll be away from the relegation zone and I don’t think anyone would have been complaining about the prospect of that at the start of the season.

  • Mag52

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #13

    We’ve had a poor line up since Lascelles and Merino have been out. Lascelles in particular has been missed as has Atsu, while Ritchie has hit a poor spell.
    Our squad is clearly not strong enough to take injuries to key players.
    A few weeks ago we were in sixth place. Where were all the negative ninnies then ?
    We desperately need reinforcements in January or we’ll be in a relegation scrap.
    Ashley take note.

  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:08 PM

    Comment #14

    @catchy – Huddersfield and brighton had similar strength sides to us last year and then improved in may areas whereas we stood still…id say both have a stronger squad than us currently

  • Darlingtoon

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:09 PM

    Comment #15

    Mag52 – Hear hear!

  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:12 PM

    Comment #16

    I think its probably not a case that Tosun is any better than Mitro. maybe just that his mobility suits how Rafa wants to play better?
    worth mentioning that Mitrovic in 70 odd league games has missed more games with suspension than he has goals…. can he really be trusted? That retrospective ban for west ham game was probably nail and coffin…needless and stupid in a game we were 3-0 up in…that says a lot about what goes on in that lads head to me

  • Jail for Ashley

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:13 PM

    Comment #17

    It’s actually quite sad. I’m glad these people aren’t in charge of the hiring and firing. One of the main protagonists today has denied all along the Mike Ashley takes any blame at all to do with the failings of every manager that has been here. Just for comic value the one manager who Ashley did lavish 80M on and got us relegated is the only manager that has had catchy from norway’s full support. Honestly, I’m not making that up.

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:14 PM

    Comment #18

    Not that I want to but in, but I have to say I agree with Catchy here Jay…

    Brighton and Huddersfield were noway a match when you looked at the players last year…and they had to strengthen more than us just to compete this year (and they have)…

    I even remember looking at the valuation of the teams last summer and Newcastle were valued two as high as both Brighton and Huddersfield…

    That was just me butting in apparently anyway 🙂

  • jesperfuglsang - capt'n awesome of the lemon crew

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:18 PM

    Comment #19

    *two = twice

  • Darlingtoon

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:21 PM

    Comment #20

    Jail – I know. I’ve only started commenting on here in the past week but I’ve actually been an avid follower for the past 8 years (back to the days when you used to post “first” most days) and have read the blog daily, so I feel like I know most the characters on this site fairly well. That said, my least favourite thing about the site is how personal and petty some of the arguments get, so I don’t intend to get into negatively naming individuals. Would be a whole lot better if everyone could get along amicably, let everyone have their say and just respect the fact that we all have different opinions. We don’t have to agree with each other’s opinions, but I don’t see the need for how vicious some individuals get

    Not directed at you by the way, Jail, just a general rant whilst introducing myself 🙂

  • jayphoto

    Nov 27, 2017 at 2:30 PM

    Comment #21

    @Jesper – personally thought tho that they did what we didn’t, which was improve their starting line ups which really we neglected. Our 3 biggest signings play in the position of our 3 previous best performers ie Merino/shelvey, Lejeune/Clark and Murphy/Ritchie. Huddersfield on the other hand spent on the areas they needed, as did Brighton and both look more balanced because of it

  • ZIPPIE57

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:19 PM

    Comment #22

    We are starting to fall in the relegation places which we have been for years . To survive in the premier league Watford & Bournemouth are teams you should be smacking thier ar$e and sending home at St James Park
    We have not done that the feel good factor & happiness at being in the premier league is starting to fade
    lose tomorrow night at WBA then 5 in a row defeats
    How many managers survive that in the cut throat business of SKY investment ?
    Hate to think about it but i would take 17th place tomorrown

  • ZIPPIE57

    Nov 27, 2017 at 9:29 PM

    Comment #23

    PS we all know Rafa had no budget but Diame has to go as does Joselu
    Better players in the Northen Leagues and Sunday Morning Ale house leagues than him


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