After months of speculation, with rumours from all around the world, Everton eventually got the striker they were looking for in Cenk Tosun.
The 26-year-old transferred from Besiktas to Goodison Park for just under £20m, and while he’s yet to score for the Toffees, his goalscoring record suggests it won’t be long before he finds the back of the net.
However, as you well know, he wasn’t the only player the club were looking at, and Sandor Varga, an agent who works out of Russia and has more than a few links in the Premier League, revealed in an interview with Sport-Express that Everton, at one point, turned their attention to FK Krasnodar’s Fedor Smolov.
The 27-year-old, who has scored 10 goals in 13 league appearances for the Russian side so far this season, was also an alleged target for West Ham and Crystal Palace recently, two other sides after a new striker.
Considering reports suggested £12m would have been enough to convince Krasnodar to sell, it appears Sam Allardyce simply had a preference for Tosun, and Everton happily granted him his wish.