Everton announced their Premier League squad on Tuesday, with Cenk Tosun included in the selection despite being out of the picture at Goodison Park under Carlo Ancelotti.
The striker last played competitive football in February, whilst on loan from the Toffees to Crystal Palace, and has been out of action since due to a cruciate knee ligament injury.
Even when fully fit, it’s unlikely he’ll have much of a role with the Merseyside club, and claims from Turkey suggest Everton made real efforts to get rid of him during the last window.
Fotospor say the 29-year-old was offered back to his former club Besiktas on a loan deal. The Turkish club would have had to cover all expenses, presumably relating to the player’s wages, for the current season.
However, according to the claims, Everton made the same offer to both Galatasaray and Fenerbahce, and that caused annoyance at Besiktas. That, coupled with the cost of the deal, saw the club pass up on the opportunity.