Everton star Cenk Tosun rejected a transfer to Turkish champions Galatasaray on the final day of the summer transfer market despite falling out of favour at the Toffees, as reported by HaberTurk.
Less than two years after he arrived at the club from the Super Lig side Besiktas in a £27 million deal, Cenk finds himself well down the pecking order.
The 28-year-old star has looked a shadow of the forward who fired Besiktas to successive Super Lig trophies on Merseyside and his only action in the opening weeks of the 2019/20 term came versus Lincoln City at Sincil Bank in the Carabao Cup second round.
But in spite of playing just 16 minutes across all competitions, Tosun was not prepared to walk away from Goodison Park just yet.
HaberTurk reports that the one-time Frankfurt man sat down with Galatasaray’s officials to discuss a possible return to Turkey but decided to stay and fight for his place under the manager Marco Silva instead.
Considering that Cenk is now behind Richarlison, Moise Kean and Dominic Calvert-Lewin in the pecking order, this is a decision the player might come to regret.
Galatasaray will not be too disappointed, however, after sealing deals for Brighton star Florin Andone and Colombian striker Radamel Falcao before the window slammed shut.
Meantime, Zenit St Petersburg forward Artem Dzyuba has reportedly emerged as a possible target for each of Everton and Wolverhampton Wanderers, according to reports in Russia.
After netting three goals during last year’s World Cup, Artem has established himself as his country’s top frontman, with 21 goals having now come from 37 matches.