Everton striker Cenk Tosun is determined to stay and fight for his place under Marco Silva, despite being linked with potential moves away from Goodison Park this summer, according to Turkish-Football.
Tosun is yet to play in the Premier League this season and was left out of Silva’s 18-man matchday squad that lost to Aston Villa last Friday (TransferMarkt), with the Portuguese instead persisting with Dominic Calvert-Lewin as his starting striker while summer arrival Moise Kean serves as the Blues’ impact substitute.
The Toffees have strived to part ways with Tosun throughout the summer after only fielding loan offers for the Sam Allardyce flop in January (Liverpool Echo), although the Merseyside outfit have failed to earn serious interest for the transfer-listed forward, valued at £20million.
Recent speculation in Germany had suggested a return to boyhood side Eintracht Frankfurt may be on the cards for Tosun (Wiesbadener-Kurier), however it is now understood that the Bundesliga side have not lodged an official offer, and may not having completed the purchase of Sporting CP striker Bas Dost (Goal) for a reported €7million (£6.3m).
FC Schalke 04 had also been credited with an interest in the Silva outcast this summer (NSNO), while a return to Besiktas has been heavily touted with President Fikret Orman often said to have held talks with Everton to discuss a potential deal (Fanatik).
Although, Tosun confirmed recently that he had no intentions of returning to the Super Lig, noting to BeIN Sports: “I have no plans to return to Turkey. I want to wear a uniform in Europe for at least 2-3 years.”
He is now claimed to have added to Turkish-Football that he intends to remain on Merseyside for the season as he is happy and settled at the club, while a meeting with Silva gave the £60,000-a-week (Spotrac) flop hope that minutes will be on offer.
The 38-cap Turkey international particularly sees the shortfalls displayed by Calvert-Lewin (11 goals in 81 Premier League games) and Kean (yet to start or score) in front of goal so far this season as reason why he will be given another chance to prove himself, as Everton have so far only scored one goal courtesy of Bernard against Watford.
Calvert-Lewin’s struggles to find the back of the net has been an issue that has carried over from the end of last season when he was named as Silva’s first-choice striker ahead of Tosun, as the 6 ft 1 forward currently boasts one goal in his last 12 Premier League games (TransferMarkt).
While the Toffees wait to see just how Kean will work out, it’s not as if Tosun has an awful lot to contend with in terms of goalscoring right now, so the idea that the Turkish star could be turned to surely isn’t that far-fetched.
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