By Adefunmiloye Alani

17th Nov, 2021 | 3:11pm

Cenk Tosun wants to join Besiktas in January, Everton open to free exit

Everton striker Cenk Tosun wants to leave the club in January in order to seal a permanent return to Besiktas, according to NTV Spor.

The Turkey international, 30, is in the final seven months of his contract at Goodison Park, and he is eager to leave when the winter transfer window opens as an extension is not on the cards.

The Turkish website claims that Everton have also agreed to let Tosun leave for nothing in January, as opposed to waiting till summer when he is set to become a free agent.

Possible?

Tosun returned to the club after a serious knee injury curtailed his loan spell at Besiktas, and he only recently returned to full fitness, making the last two matchday squads.

However, it remains to be seen whether he is the plans of Rafa Benitez going forward.

The Everton manager is currently without Dominic Calvert-Lewin, but Richarlison has led the line since becoming fit, while Salomon Rondon is available on the bench.

With only the FA Cup and second half of the campaign to look forward to next year, the Toffees could see having four strikers as a luxury.

Everton want to balance the books after running into trouble with Financial Fair Play rules, and taking the wages of the out-of-favour forward off their bill makes sense.

They could indeed be open to letting go considering that he has hardly been available to play in recent months.

Tosun would want to move to where he can see action on a regular basis, and both parties could find an amicable solution in January.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are plotting January loan-to-buy bid for centre-mid hailed by Jack Grealish last month.

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