Newcastle rebuffed in cash-plus-player bid for Besiktas star

As per a report from Andrew Musgrove of the Chronicle this evening, Newcastle United have seen an offer for Besiktas striker Cenk Tosun rejected by the Turkish giants.

Prolific

Tosun, a 26-year-old Turkish international, enjoyed a breakout campaign at the Vodafone Arena last season, racking up 27 goals in all competitions, including 20 goals and 5 assists in 29 league starts.

He has also started out the current season in impressive fashion, having managed 9 goals and 3 assists between the league and Champions League.

The versatile Eintracht Frankfurt youth product can play either as the focal point of his side’s attack, or on either wing, and has also notched 8 goals in 24 appearances for Turkey.

Suitors

Tosun has been linked with moves to a number of Premier League sides over recent months, with all of Newcastle United, Crystal Palace, Everton and Tottenham having reportedly informed Besiktas of their interest.

And, as per the aforementioned report from Andrew Musgrove, Rafael Benitez’s Magpies have today taken their interest a step further, by lodging an official offer for the Turk:

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Struggles

Aleksandar Mitrovic, who has reportedly been included in the Magpies’ offer for Tosun, has fallen majorly out of favour at St. James’ Park this season, having been afforded just 70 minutes of top-flight football to this point in the campaign.

The Geordie outfit are desperate to add to their attacking ranks in January, having managed a paltry 11 goals from their opening 13 fixtures in the Premier League.

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