According to Milliyet’s Besiktas reporter Serdar Saridag, Everton manager Sam Allardyce has personally phoned Cenk Tosun in recent weeks to talk about a transfer.

Sarıdag spoke to Turkish sports channel ASpor last night and said: “What makes Tosun to Everton different is he’s heavily wanted by Everton manager Sam Allardyce himself. He phoned Tosun himself and said to him ‘I want to see you in my squad.’ For me that’s very important to wanted by the manager himself.”

The Turkish striker has been subject of a transfer to Everton in recent weeks, and there’ve been countless reports in the English and Turkish press.

Sabah also report said Allardyce was the man behind Everton’s record breaking offer for Tosun, and not sporting director Steve Walsh.

According to Sabah, Allardyce has been following Tosun since his time at Crystal Palace, and subsequently he’s made him his number one target since arriving at Everton.

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Sabah claim Allardyce was the one who encouraged Crystal Palace to make a bid for Tosun last summer. Crystal Palace tabled an offer for the Turkey international in the last window, but this was rejected by the Turkish champions.

Crystal Palace have been linked with the player this season, but it seems like Everton are likelier to sign the 26 year old.