Marco Silva outcast Cenk Tosun has refuted reports that he is nearing a move back to former side Besiktas, in an interview with BeIN Sports Turkey.
Silva is yet to award the 38-cap Turkey international a second of action in Royal Blue this season, with Tosun an unused substitute in our opening day draw to Crystal Palace and again in our narrow win over Watford at the weekend.
The 28-year-old ended last season out of favour, as well, with the boss only considering Everton’s £27million capture for the final day draw at Tottenham Hotspur following four late substitute appearances in the prior ten Premier League fixtures.
Reports have been rife this summer that Besiktas are keen to facilitate a return to Istanbul for the Wetzlar, Germany-born hitman, and have remained firm beyond the closure of the English transfer market.
Fanatik, for one, have claimed knowledge of recent discussions between the Black Eagles and Toffees boards, and suggested a deal is ‘very close’ after Besiktas President Fikret Orman adhered to manager Abdullah Avci’s request to facilitate a temporary transfer.
The Turkish publication added that Everton responded positively to the loan approach as it would give Tosun the chance to play, and better place the forward in the transfer market for a permanent move next summer.
However, Tosun has told BeIN Sports Turkey that he does not intend to leave Merseyside and return to Turkey.
“I have no plans to return to Turkey,” he said. “I want to wear uniforms in Europe for at least 2-3 years.”
A move away from Goodison Park is not entirely off the cards, though, as Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt have also been credited with interest recently, as they search for options who can replace Luka Jovic and Sebastien Haller.