Everton forward Cenk Tosun turned down a potential return to the Super Lig with Champions League side Galatasaray on Deadline Day, according to Haberturk.
The 28-year-old is yet to play a Premier League game for the Toffees this season, with his only appearance of the term coming as a late substitute in the Carabao Cup win away to League One side Lincoln City (WhoScored).
Tosun’s declining position in Marco Silva’s pecking order appears to have led Everton to accept an offer from Galatasaray this summer, as Haberturk claims the Super Lig club reached an agreement with the Blues for the Turkey international’s services.
But despite his lack of first-team action at Goodison Park, Tosun is claimed to have rejected the potential route away from Merseyside, where he now finds himself behind former Juventus hitman Moise Kean as well as Dominic Calvert-Lewin, who took over the reins from the Turkey international midway through last season.
It has not been noted if Cimbom’s approach was regarding a permanent or temporary transfer of the German-born forward, who had garnered the interest of FC Schalke 04 (NSNO) and Eintracht Frankfurt (Frankfurter Rundschau) as well as his former side Besiktas (Fanatik) this summer.
Tosun’s decision to rebuff Galatasaray’s alleged offer has been put down to the Frankfurt product’s previous spell at Besiktas, as he would only return to the Super Lig for a homecoming at the BJK Vodafone Park.
His priority now is to stay and fight for his place under Silva, which he informed Galatasaray executives of during a meeting while the window remained open.
Tosun left the Black Eagles to join Everton for a reported £27m (Sky Sports) at the start of 2018, but he has looked a shadow of the player that scored 20 goals in 33 Super Lig games during 2016/17, as he has hit just nine in 44 games across all competitions for the Toffees (TransferMarkt).
If Tosun is to resurrect his Everton career like a phoenix rising from the ashes, the Turkey international faces a behemoth of a mountain to climb, as Silva has now spent a year working alongside the striker, and has evidently been left unimpressed by what he has to offer.
Playing into his natural instincts – as previously highlighted by Garth Crooks – could see Tosun become an effective Plan B for Silva, and someone the Portuguese will favourably look to when chasing results.
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