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Qatari club show interest in Everton striker Tosun

The Turkey international could leave the club before the end of the month

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Qatari club Al Gharafa are ready to make a “substantial offer” for Everton striker Cenk Tosun, according to Sky Sports.

Tosun has struggled to get a look-in under Marco Silva over the past year and was made available for transfer over the summer, with the striker reportedly turning down a move back to his native Turkey.

The closing of the European transfer window at the start of the month seemingly ended any chance of Tosun moving on. But with the Qatari window not closing until September 30, there is still time for the 28-year-old to leave.

I doubt Al Gharafa’s bid is anything close to the £27 million Everton paid for Tosun in January 2018 but I suspect they are ready to accept a reasonable offer in order to get him off the wage bill.

The merits of Tosun’s abilities are still the subject of debate amongst Evertonians. It is generally accepted that he is a decent finisher, but lacks the pace and agility to fit into Silva’s plans.

His attitude cannot be questioned and he has previously indicated that he is ready to fight for his place and prove his worth at Goodison Park.

But after making just 11 starts last season and just one substitute appearance in the Carabao Cup this campaign, a move away makes sense for everyone.

Tosun gets the chance to play regular football (and a likely lucrative wage packet) while Everton can bank a transfer fee and get a player who is set to have a minimal role in the first team off the wage bill.