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Cenk Tosun admits contact with Eintracht Frankfurt

Striker has been pushed further down the depth chart with arrival of Moise Kean

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Cenk Tosun’s future at Everton has been in doubt right since he joined the club back in January of 2018. He finished the 2017-18 season without really displacing Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and the youngster went on to make the starting spot his over last season, while not necessarily emphatically ending that conversation.

The Toffees pursuit and eventual signing of Moise Kean in the just-ended transfer window looked to have put paid to any chances Tosun had of getting back into the side. The Turkish international was among the squad of 18 for the season opener last weekend away at Crystal Palace, but is unlikely to stay there too long once players start getting back to fitness and filling out the bench.

Meanwhile, there has been the usual gaggle of Turkish sides interested in the 28-year-old, but it’s the latest club to have come asking for him that has Blues sitting up with interest. Tosun grew up in the vicinity of Eintracht Frankfurt, coming up through their youth ranks before breaking into the senior side back in 2009. The striker was then sold on to Gaziantepspor in Turkey who then moved him on to Besiktas where Everton got him from.

German media outlet Fussball.News reported a couple of days ago that Frankfurt might already be in talks with Everton for the player, with Tosun admitting to another daily Wiesbadener Kurier that there had been contact between his camp and the German side (links courtesy of The Boot Room).

Frankfurt have Ante Rebic in that role right now, but will be looking for depth after selling two forwards in big money deals this summer - Luka Jovic going to Real Madrid, and Sebastian Haller off to West Ham United.

Tosun’s progress this summer has been hampered by a knee injury picked up on international duty, but the player is back to full fitness now. With Oumar Niasse the only other striker option for the Blues, it’ll be interesting to see whether Marco Silva chooses to keep Tosun or Niasse as it’s quite unlikely both stay or both leave.