Besiktas' forward Cenk Tosun celebrates after scoring his second goal during the UEFA Champions League group stage football match between Monaco and Besiktas on October 17, 2017 in Monaco.  / AFP PHOTO / Valery HACHE        (Photo credit should read VALERY HACHE/AFP/Getty Images)

7 Things to Know About Everton's Potential £25m Arrival Cenk Tosun

If reports in the British media are true, then Everton are on the verge of bringing in £25m-rated Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun as their new first-choice goalscorer.


Sam Allardyce is a huge admirer of the 26-year-old front man, but many Evertonians will be left scratching their heads over just who Tosun is.


Here's a brief rundown of all Toffees fans need to know about the talented Tosun:

1. You Want Goals? Tosun's Got Them

The most important factor of any big-money attacking arrival is just how good he is at racking up goals on a consistent basis.


Luckily for Everton, Tosun has fired home a boat load wherever he has plied his trade.


With 44 goals in 122 appearances for Turkish outfit Gaziantepspor, a one-in-two strike rate from 40 Frankfurt outings and 63 notched in 141 games for Besiktas, Tosun is regularly among the goals - and Blues fans will hope for a similar rate of strikes if he rocks up at Goodison.

2. German Born But Turkish Through & Through

Much has been made of the German national side's 'poaching' of talented starlets from other nations such as Mesut Ozil and Emre Can - Premier League stars of Turkish descent who opted to play for Die Mannschaft.


Not Tosun. The forward did play for - and was born in - Germany up until Under-21 level, but in a rare move internationally, chose to represent his parents' country of birth instead.


Turning out for Turkey's Under-23s 12 times across two years, Tosun earned his senior debut in October 2013 and has since gone on to appear 25 times, scoring on eight occasions.

3. A Firm Footing From His Father

“I can use both my left and my right foot very well and don't have a preference, which is a definite advantage”, Tosun is quoted as saying in the past.


The striker's ability to cleanly strike a football with either foot is down to the work of his father, Senol, who occasionally banned his son from using his right foot to force him to use both feet.


It's something that has stood Tosun in good stead throughout his career, and would be a massive plus to Everton's squad with Ross Barkley the only other star who is equally adept with the ball on either foot. 

4. Football Idols Old & New

Like any footballer, Tosun has plenty of past and current stars that he looks to for inspiration over how to improve his own game.


The marksman told a Turkish news outlet in November that his main footballing influence was Argentine legend Gabriel Batistuta, but he also pays attention to the world's best strikers today to try and learn from too.


Barcelona's Luiz Suarez, Bayern's Robert Lewandowski and Paris St-Germain's Edinson Cavani are all superstars that Tosun regularly watches to pick up small details from to make his own game even better.

5. A Shirt Number Ode to Basketball

You would expect Tosun to pick the number nine shirt at whatever club he has joined, what with the allegiance that such a number has to be the main striker at a football club.


Why, then, did Tosun elect to wear the number 23 jersey upon his arrival at Besiktas?


Fans of basketball will need no umm-ing and ahh-ing over that trivial question, but for those unaware, Tosun's choice is an homage to legendary player Michael Jordan who famously wore those digits for the Chicago Bulls.

6. From Rags to Riches - Transfer Fee Wise

Everton's alleged £25m fee for Tosun may not seem like much cash these days, especially when you take into account his goalscoring record.


What will be eye watering to some, however, is that the Blues' bid is a mammoth 50 times greater than the total fees it has cost both Gaziantepspor and Besiktas to sign him!


The former only shelled out £500,000 to prise him away from Frankfurt in Janaury 2011, while Besiktas snapped Tosun up on a free from the fellow Turks three-and-a-half years later.


A mental exponential increase on his value but, if he fires in the goals for Everton, few Evertonians will be complaining.

7. Big Sam's a Big Fan

Tosun may seem like a stab in the dark from Everton manager Allardyce, but the 63-year-old has been tracking his possible new arrival for some time.


The ex-West Ham and Sunderland gaffer apparently wanted to bring Tosun to Selhurst Park when he was in charge of Crystal Palace  but, for whatever reason, Tosun spurned the chance to move to Croydon.


Now at a bigger club, Allardyce has the ambition, financial muscle and setting to lure Tosun away from Turkey at long last.