Sports Minister Makes Statement On Cenk Tosun

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Everton manager Sam Allardyce has confirmed that the Toffees are looking into the possibility of signing Besiktas forward Cenk Tosun ahead of the January transfer window amid suggestions that a £25m deal for the Turkey worldwide is close to completion.

Reports have linked Everton with a £25m move for Tosun, but Sky Sports News understands a deal has yet to be formally agreed.

"So we need to strengthen in our goalscoring areas, and that's, for me, new players".

The Turkey worldwide has scored 14 goals in 24 appearances in all competitions for Besiktas this season.

According to the Guardian, Everton will pay £20m up-front for the 26-year-old with another £5m made up of performance-related bonus clauses.

All going well, the deal to take Cenk to Merseyside will be finalised when the transfer window opens on January 1st.

Allardyce is believed to have tracked the striker for some time and even recommended him to former club Crystal Palace, who failed with a summer bid.

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Wayne Rooney has led the way with 11 goals this season, but was never meant to be Everton's main striker following his return from Old Trafford.

"As we can all see, we've started to struggle to create chances and score goals in recent matches, so it's still one of the major problems we have at the club".

"Players like Sandro haven't picked up the pace of the Premier League and show what they showed in Spain".

"Young Dominic (Calvert-Lewin) is battling away but his goal record is still four in the Premier League, with a few assists. I think he has got a bright future but I don't think we can rely on him at the moment".

"He [Barkley] is training with us on a regular basis and he is very close to being available for selection", he said.

"Wayne [Rooney] is better". "He has been stuck in bed for three days".

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