Everton have done all they can to sign Cenk Tosun from Besiktas, says Sam Allardyce

Crystal Palace were also monitoring Cenk Tosun
Image: Cenk Tosun is wanted by Everton

Sam Allardyce says Everton have done all they can to finalise a deal to sign Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun.

Everton officials were in in Turkey over the weekend in an attempt to reach an agreement to bring in Tosun, Sky sources understand.

The 26-year-old posted pictures of himself in London on New Year's Eve and Allardyce is hoping to hear over the next 24 hours whether or not Tosun will be signing for Everton.

herkese iyi seneler..

A post shared by Cenk Tosun (@cenktosun23) on

When asked if there was any update on Tosun, Allardyce told Sky Sports: "Not particularly at the minute, apart from we have done all we can to try and secure the player.

"Whether that is enough, only time will tell within the next 24 hours."

Everton have struggled to fill the void left by Romelu Lukaku's departure to Manchester United, with the trio of Oumar Niasse, Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Sandro Ramirez managing just eight league goals between them.

Please use Chrome browser for a more accessible video player

Highlights: Everton 0-2 Manchester United

Speaking after Monday's 2-0 defeat to Manchester United, Allardyce said finding a new striker is Everton's priority during the January transfer window.

Also See:

"Our ratio of chances created is very limited. That is because we need to strengthen that front-line. I think we all know that," Allardyce said.

"We are trying to do the hardest job of all by securing a player in that position.

"It was not achieved before the start of the season and it may not yet be achieved this January.

"Obviously we need a bigger goalscoring threat than we have got at the moment. That may help us in many ways to achieve more results.

"It certainly will if whoever we get scores goals. But I can't guarantee whoever we get in is going to score goals straight away.

"I just hope he does [score] when we do."

Around Sky