Besiktas have opened negotiations with Everton to bring striker Cenk Tosun back to the club in the January transfer window.

That’s according to fotoMac, who say the Everton man is ‘at the top of the list’ of players the Turkish side want to sign to bolster their forward line.

Tosun recently returned from a seven-month injury layoff, having picked up a knee injury while on loan last season.

He was a part of the squad for Monday’s defeat to Wolverhampton Wanderers but whether he will remain at Goodison Park in the future remains to be seen.

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That’s because his contract expires next summer, so there is every possibility he could sign an agreement with a new team in January or be shipped out by Everton on the cheap to avoid losing him on a free transfer come the summer.

The latter option may now be available with fotoMac reporting that Besiktas have already informed Everton that they want to bring their former star back to the club in January.

Coach Sergen Yalcin has given his permission for the transfer and wants the striker ‘very much’, and so the Super Lig side are now going to push for a deal.

The nature of that deal is yet to be determined, with Tosun’s contract situation meaning that a permanent transfer or a loan deal could be worked out between the two clubs. The latter would surely have to include some sort of fee for it to be worth Everton’s time.

Either way, Everton officials are set to meet their counterparts from Besiktas face to face during the next international break, and the ‘terms of the transfer’ will be worked out at this meeting.

The Turkish side are seemingly keen on the deal, with Preside Ahmet Nur Cebi even quoted as saying, “We definitely want Cenk in the team.”