Besiktas will ask Everton for a ‘significant reduction’ in the cost to sign Cenk Tosun in January, with no other offers currently forthcoming.

That’s according to HaberTurk, who say Besiktas coach Sergen Yalcin has specifically asked for his club to bring Tosun back.

They explain that Yalcin is not happy with the performance he has gotten out of Michy Batshuayi, Kenan Karaman and Güven Yalcin this season, so wants to add another striker in January.

The man he is targeting is his ‘former student’ Tosun, and Everton are more than happy to let him go.

The Turkish striker’s contract expires at the end of the season, and he is not in Rafa Benitez’s plans moving forwards, so they would be happy to get him off the wage bill six months early.

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A return to Turkey has been heavily mooted, with Besiktas at the front of the queue, but they don’t have the finances to match either his or Everton’s demands, with it recently stated that they can only offer him a quarter of his wages.

Haber Turk back that up and say they have a ‘serious financial problem’ because Tosun earns €3.8m a year at Everton at present.

They can’t afford that because of limits on their payments and expenditures and so will ask for a ‘significant reduction’ in talks with Everton.

Now, it’s stated they’ll ask for a reduction in the ‘half-season fee’, so it’s not made clear if they want Everton to reduce how much they’ll charge for a loan or for Tosun to significantly lower his wages.

The latter would make more sense given previous reports.

Either way, Everton are expected to ‘respond positively’ to this request as they are yet to receive any other offers for Tosun.

The striker would prefer to continue his stay in the Premier League, but his recent injury record has put off any interested parties, and so Besiktas have ‘welcomed’ him back instead.

There is work to be on this particular deal then, although, with Everton receptive, it seems there is certainly one to be done.