Crystal Palace and Newcastle United supporters have been in contrasting moods in the Transfer Tavern during the international break such have been their sides’ differing starts to the season.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have lost each of their opening seven Premier League games to sit firmly rooted to the bottom of the table, while Rafa Benitez’s Magpies have picked up three victories from their seven matches, and thus sit ninth in the division.
And both sets of supporters will be hoping for three points this weekend when league action resumes, yet neither are likely to be overly thrilled by a recent report from The Northern Echo, which details some interesting quotes regarding the future of CSKA Moscow striker Cenk Tosun, a reported target of the duo.
The 26-year-old currently plays his trade at Turkish champions Besiktas and has done so since 2014, and in that time he has scored 54 goals in just 127 matches to help the club win back-to-back domestic league titles.
And with four goals in nine games in all competitions this term, the Turkey international is not letting up, and his excellent goal-scoring exploits have attracted the interest of Palace and Newcastle, with the former reportedly launching a late summer move for Tosun only for no deal to materialise.
And it appears that the chase for the 26-year-old is becoming increasingly difficult, as Besiktas official Metin Albayrak has confirmed that there is significant interest in the striker.
He said: ‘He just keeps getting better, the more he scores the more confident he gets.
‘He just keeps working and trying to improve.
‘Right now, ten clubs are in direct talks with us.’
These comments are sure to intrigue our resident supporters of both clubs, especially with the duo seemingly in need of striking options given they’ve managed just seven goals between them so far (all of which have come from Newcastle).
But it remains to be seen exactly where Tosun ends up next.
Landlord’s verdict: 54 goals in 127 matches is a great return for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun, so it’s hardly surprising that several clubs were interested in him over the summer.
Crystal Palace left their reported bid too late in the window but remain in the hunt for his signature, which isn’t much of a shock given they’ve failed to score in any of their seven Premier League games.
But they will face a battle from Newcastle United and many other clubs, ten in total, for Tosun’s signature, which is likely going to stimulate a bidding war for the 26-year-old in January.
And whether either of the duo are able to tump up the cash to do a deal remains far from certain.
Palace and Newcastle fans… what do you make of the news? Let us know!