Besiktas are ‘looking at ways’ they can keep Everton striker Cenk Tosun at the club beyond the summer.
Tosun is currently on loan with the Super Lig side, having joined at the end of the January transfer window after falling down the pecking order at Everton.
That deal does not include a purchase clause, and it was widely expected that he would return to Goodison Park in the summer before evaluating his future once again.
However, according to Milliyet, Besiktas are now looking at ways they can bring the player back to the club on a permanent basis.
They explain that Tosun’s return to the club has everyone smiling, with his two goals on his first game back prompting calls from those in charge at the club to President Ahmet Nur Çebi to congratulate him for pushing for the deal.
It was Çebi who insisted on the move for the Everton man in January and worked hard to make it happen, and he is now ‘looking for ways’ to secure a permanent deal in the summer.
He has not ‘raised the issue’ at this moment in time but will instead keep Tosun ‘at the top of the list’ for the summer transfer window.
Tosun, whose contract at Goodison Park expires in 2022, meaning he will be in the final year of his contract come the summer, is also ‘interested’ in continuing his career at Besiktas is his ‘conditions are met’.
What those conditions are isn’t clear, although it’s worth remembering he cut his salary by €250,000 a year to make the move happen in the first place, so it’s likely to have something to do with that.
Everton’s demands for a transfer aren’t clear yet either but Tosun isn’t part of their plans, so it’s hard to see them being against a sale.
Indeed, Besiktas being keen on a permanent deal would suit them perfectly and given the effort they made to get him back there on loan, it’s easy to see them doing their utmost to facilitate a permanent exit.