Newcastle United supporters have been making quite a bit of noise in the Transfer Tavern in recent weeks following their side’s upturn in form.
The North East giants suffered defeats at the hands of Tottenham and Huddersfield Town in their opening two Premier League games of the campaign, only to hit back with three successive wins over West Ham, Swansea City, and Stoke City, the latter a 2-1 success on Saturday.
Jamaal Lascelles bagged his second in successive games to secure the three points for Rafa Benitez’s men, although several of our resident Magpies have shown frustration following a recent report in The Daily Express, which outlines reported interest from Spurs in Newcastle target Cenk Tosun.
The 26-year-old currently plays his trade at Turkish giants Besiktas and has done so since 2014, in which time he has bagged 53 goals in just 123 games, helping them to back-to-back Super Lig titles.
And the Turkey international, capped 20 times by his country, attracted interest from Benitez’s Newcastle as well as Premier League rivals Crystal Palace over the summer, with both reportedly failing with late offers to prize him away from his homeland.
And now both sides are facing a battle to land him in January as Mauricio Pochettino’s Tottenham, who can offer Tosun Champions League football and a genuine shot at the title, are reportedly keeping tabs on the striker.
Thus, it’s all set up to be a very interesting January transfer window should Tosun, who has scored three goals in five games this term, continue his excellent form in front of goal between now and the New Year.
Landlord’s verdict: It was widely seen that Newcastle United had failed to address the shortcomings in their squad over the summer, with five permanent signings made by Rafa Benitez during the close season, as well as the loan addition of Mikel Merino.
And it appears that Besiktas’ Cenk Tosun was one man they missed out on late in the window, and they could now miss out on him altogether as Tottenham have reportedly joined the race.
Spurs can offer the 26-year-old Champions League football and the possibility of silverware were he to move to Wembley, although the greater chance of first team football at St James’ Park may be of interest.
Nonetheless, the Magpies face missing out on a player they could, and perhaps should, have landed over the summer.
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