Everton loanee Cenk Tosun could leave Goodison Park on a permanent deal this summer if “things go well”, according to Crystal Palace chairman Steve Parish (YouTube).
Tosun left the Toffees in January for a temporary switch to Selhurst Park, where he has made three appearances so far, scoring once – against reigning Premier League champions Manchester City, no less.
The Turkey international, however, managed just 51 competitive appearances at Everton, scoring 10 goals and claiming six assists, and fell out of favour under Marco Silva.
Under caretaker manager Duncan Ferguson, meanwhile, he was taken off during a match even though he had come on as a substitute – and the player was not pleased with his coach (talkSPORT).
Despite the arrival of a new Everton head coach in Carlo Ancelotti, Tosun didn’t get much of a chance to try to impress his new manager, and as such he was shipped out on loan until the end of the season.
However, Tosun has already won over his superiors at Palace, with Parish calling him an “excellent” player and very much leaving the door open to a permanent move.
“Roy (Hodgson) felt we needed more firepower, so we took Cenk,” Parish told Palace’s YouTube channel. “Obviously if we had bought him for £20million or whatever, maybe that would have been a better PR story, but he is an excellent player.
“I think he will be a big help going into the next six months and I see no reason why we couldn’t make that a permanent deal in the summer, if things go well for both parties.”
When Tosun initially joined Everton for a reported £27million fee, he was described by then-Toffees boss Sam Allardyce as the best value-for-money striker in Europe (BBC Sport) – but things haven’t quite gone to plan for the Turkey international at Goodison Park.
After falling out of favour under Silva and expressing his displeasure at being hauled off by Ferguson in that infamous December game, it seems as though Ancelotti may not be willing to give him another chance at Goodison Park.
According to the Liverpool Echo, Everton will demand £20million for Tosun if Crystal Palace want him permanently – and it would be surprising if the Toffees weren’t willing to let him go for that amount, considering how things simply haven’t worked out for him at Goodison Park.