Cenk Tosun deal to Everton still under negotiation, says Besiktas president Fikret Orman
By James Dale
Last Updated: 03/01/18 10:35am
Besiktas' president Fikret Orman has warned Everton that Cenk Tosun will only move to Merseyside if the deal suits the Turkish club.
Everton officials were in Turkey over the weekend in an attempt to reach an agreement to bring in Tosun, Sky sources understand, and Sam Allardyce said the club had done "all we can" to finalise the transfer by Tuesday.
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Tosun posted pictures of himself in London over New Year's Eve and the striker is keen on a move to the Premier League club.
But Besiktas president Orman, who returned from holiday in South Africa this week, insists nothing is agreed yet - revealing they have already rejected a higher offer from elsewhere.
Sky Sports News understands Orman is expected in London for talks with Everton this week.
"Besiktas is a serious club, which goes according to international football rules," Orman said at a press conference to present new Croatian signing Domagoj Vida.
"Everton have made an offer but China offered 35 million euros for Cenk Tosun. And we said no. He is a very valuable player for us.
"Cenk wants Everton. Negotiations are ongoing, with good intentions.
"There is no finished situation right now. If the conditions are right for us, the transfer takes place."
Allardyce maintains finding a striker is Everton's priority in January but admitted they may not find a solution before the transfer window shuts.
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