Everton forward Cenk Tosun has told the Turkish media Sam Allardyce wanted to sign him when he was manager of Crystal Palace.

Crystal Palace were linked with the Turkey international in the last summer transfer window.

Speaking to Fanatik, Tosun was asked about finally teaming up with Allardyce: “Our manager Sam Allardyce wanted me at Crystal Palace, but the club were unable to agree on a deal with Besiktas. I think the structure of the payment was the issue.”

“But we finally met at Everton. He’s trusting me, which is a great thing. And I want to do well for him and my team.”

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Earlier this season we covered reports from Turkey that Crystal Palace were willing to pay £22.4m to sign Tosun, after they failed to land the player in the summer.

The Premier League side made an acceptable bid to Besiktas in August, but the offer came too late in the window for the Turkish champions to bring in a replacement.

Tosun eventually joined Everton for £27m in the last transfer window, a record fee for a player being signed from the Turkish Super Lig.

After a slow start the forward has started to find the net, and has scored four goals in the last three games.