Everton confirm Tosun signing
- Author: Rosalie Stanley Jan 06, 2018,
Jan 06, 2018, 0:11
A fee rising to £27m has been agreed for the Turkey forward, who has still to complete a medical and finalise a four-and-a-half-year contract at Goodison Park.
Tosun moves from his native Turkey to the Premier League after making 96 appearances for Besiktas.
His arrival brings an end to the club's long hunt for a replacement for Romelu Lukaku, who left to join Manchester United in a £100m deal last summer.
"I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am". I'm excited to play with them and to learn from them as well, players like Wayne Rooney and the very good creative players we have here, too.
I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton.
Everton now sit in ninth spot in the Premier League standings with a seven-point cushion over the relegation zone and are next in action at Tottenham Hotspur on 13th January.
After signing the record deal, the English club also shared a short video of Everton's newcomer, captioning it with "It's done" and the Turkish national flag.
Tosun has helped the Turkish side reach the last 16 of the Champions League, where they will meet Bayern Munich.
'The manager and the club really wanted me very much and that is why I am here, ' Tosun said. I hope they can make a lot of assists for me!
'Sam Allardyce was a big part of my decision.
He said: "This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree". He has got some good movement, he's two-footed, he's not the biggest but he's efficient in the air in the box.
"We want to pick the best team we can to compete against Liverpool but I can't honestly tell you what my best team is just yet".
He has given a number of younger players a chance ahead of the Netherlands worldwide too, so if a bid comes in for the 24-year-old, the Toffees may look to recoup as much of the £23.6 million as they can and admit he was a signing that failed.