Leeds United are considering a move for out-of-favour Everton striker Cenk Tosun in the January transfer window, if Eddie Nketiah is recalled by Arsenal, according to Phil Hay of The Athletic.
Nketiah has scored five goals for Leeds this season, but he’s yet to start a game for the Whites in the Championship and it has been reported that Arsenal could decide to recall the striker in January due to concerns over his lack of game time at Elland Road.
This would mean that Leeds would need to sign another striker in January and according to Hay, the Whites are considering a move for Everton forward Tosun – although his wages could be an issue.
The 28-year-old Turkish striker has scored ten goals for Everton since joining the club from Besiktas for £27million in January 2018, but he was out of favour under former manager Marco Silva – who was sacked by the club on Thursday.
In his latest Q&A for The Athletic (05/12) Hay revealed that Leeds have a list of potential strikers in place should Nkeitah return to Arsenal in the New Year and suggested that Tosun could be one of them.
However, Hay also suggested that Tosun would be expensive in terms of wages and that the club are more likely to sign a young Premier League talent if Nketiah returns to Arsenal, such as Liverpool starlet Rhian Brewster – who they were linked with recently.
He said: “They have a list of potential strikers in place for if Nketiah goes back. Brewster at Liverpool would be one of those. I had mention of Tosun at Everton too but he’s involved there at the moment and wouldn’t be cheap in terms of wages.”
The club are hopeful that Nketiah stays and they won’t have to act but if they do, they’ll be looking at someone in the same mould – like Brewster. A young Premier League talent.”
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Tosun is a great striker and he’s more than capable of scoring goals for Leeds in the Championship. I think he’d be a good signing for the Whites in the sense, but he’s likely to be too expensive and demand Premier League wages, so I can’t see it happening.
He may be out of favour at Everton at the moment, but it’s very possible that whoever succeeds Silva in charge at Goodison Park could take a liking to the striker – which would make it even harder for Leeds to sign him.
Leeds fans will hope that Nketiah remains at Elland Road until the end of the season, but if he does end up returning to Arsenal, perhaps they’d be better of signing another young Premier League talent.
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