Allardyce confirms Everton's plans to sign striker

Glen Norman
January 1, 2018

Tosun has eight goals in 25 global caps for Turkey, so although Everton may be forced into paying a premium fee, they would be getting a striker with a good pedigree.

Sam Allardyce says that Cenk Tosun is "one of many" strikers he is chasing because Everton desperately need to improve their goalscoring.

Besiktas will need to replace the goals Tosun hopes to take to Goodison Park, and Turkey's NTVSpor report Islam Slimani is the chosen man.

Allardyce admits he is alarmed by the lack of goal threat in his squad.

"He [Barkley] is training with us on a regular basis and he is very close to being available for selection", he said.

"I feel the problem with the players is their ability to do the transition correctly and that has been a problem".

The former England manager has guided Everton away from trouble with a seven-game unbeaten run, but wants to add goals to his side in the second half of the campaign.

"I think it's the reverse now. I think he has a bright future but we can't rely on him week in and week out at the moment".

"I wouldn't expect that against Liverpool and certainly not Chelsea, but I still would have said what possession we had, we should have done better and West Brom was a big concern for me".

Besiktas claim to have fielded inquiries from Valencia, Bayer Leverkusen, RB Leipzig and Roma for the 26-year-old, who has scored 13 goals this season including four in the Champions League.

There also looks to be potential for a reunion between Allardyce and Sevilla midfielder Steven N'Zonzi - who played under the Everton boss during his time at Blackburn - but Allardyce has conceded that Everton would need to sell first before any potential deal can be reached.

"He was a terrific pinch out of the French leagues and has gone on to do terrific things in his career".

"For me, knowing him from that age and knowing him now, yes, I would like him".

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