In a show of loyalty to his former club, Cenk Tosun snubbed interest from arch-rivals Fenerbahce in order to secure a move to former side Besiktas from Everton.

According to Sabah [via SportWitness], Fenerbahce ‘pulled out all the stops’ to secure Tosun’s signature on loan, but the Turkey international rejected the Istanbul side’s advances in no uncertain terms.

The source’s information claims that Tosun and his entourage met with Fener’s former sporting director Damien Comolli, with him even going so far as to travel to England to meet Tosun personally with a view to considering a move.

However, Comolli ‘received a negative response’ from Tosun, who also turned down the current sporting director Emre Belözoglu.

Both men are said to have received a similar outright rejection, with Tosun firmly set on Besiktas as the only Turkish side he would consider.

In the end, Tosun got his wish – he joined Besiktas on a season-long loan and has already resumed the prolific form that earned him his big £27 million Premier League move.

He came late off the bench and scored a brace on his second Besiktas debut, which is already being wielded by club executives to justify shortlisting Tosun for a permanent summer move.

Interest from both Turkish clubs were not exclusive.

SportWitness note that West Brom, CSKA Moscow and RC Celta were three sides in alternative leagues that were vying to procure the poacher’s signature.

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Despite heavy interest in Tosun, his agency in bringing about his move could actually benefit Everton in the summer too.

His desire to agitate for what he feels is best for him could ease the possibility of the Toffees cashing in on their man, offloading an unwanted player from their books.