Everton confirm £27m Cenk Tosun signing

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The 26-year-old has joined the Toffees following the departure of Ross Barkley, and has agreed a four-year deal at Goodison Park

Everton confirm £27m Cenk Tosun signing

The 26-year-old has joined the Toffees following the departure of Ross Barkley, and has agreed a four-year deal at Goodison Park

Everton have confirmed the signing of Turkey international forward Cenk Tosun for £27 million from Besiktas.

The 26-year-old striker has agreed a four-year deal with the Toffees to keep him at Goodison Park until 2022.

Tosun joins Everton having scored 41 goals in Super Lig play since the start of the 2014-15 season, more than any other player in the Turkish top flight during that period.

"It feels great to be an Everton player," Tosun said. "I'm really happy to be here and happy that everything is done. I'm really excited to play for Everton as soon as possible. Everton is a great club with a big history and a big culture and I'm looking forward to showing the fans the kind of player I am.

"I bring my skills here and everybody is going to see what kind of player I am. I believe I can be a good player in the Premier League for Everton.

"The Premier League is a strong league, I know that, so my own physical strength will help me. Also I can use both feet the same and I believe I am a good striker in the box.

"I'm really looking forward to training with my teammates and getting to know them and, of course, I want to play as soon as possible. The Tottenham game will be the first game I am available for and I’m very excited about it already."

Tosun, who has scored eight goals in 25 caps for Turkey, represented his country at Euro 2016.

He'll provide a boost to an Everton side who sit ninth in the Premier League through 22 matches.

"This lad looks like he is strong mentally and has a good pedigree," Everton manager Sam Allardyce said.

"He is Turkey's No.1 striker and has scored goals in the Champions League and the Turkish League but he is desperate to play here in the Premier League.

"He is an all-rounder, with good movement. He is two-footed, perhaps not the biggest but he’s very efficient in the air and in the box he gets good space to get his head on the ball.

"We looked at the qualities of the player, his talent and goalscoring, and his resilience, too. I do not think you can look any more than we have done and, for the price, he is the best in Europe at the moment."

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