Hodgson is pleased to finally land striker Tosun

Cenk Tosun

Crystal Palace boss Roy Hodgson says he’s delighted to finally sign forward Cenk Tosun.

The Turkish international joins Palace from Everton on loan until the end of the season with a reported option to buy for £20m.

Palace were beaten to his signature by Everton in the summer of 2017, but Hodgson is thrilled to get his man.

Hodgson said: “It’s nice now to get a second bite at the cherry with him, especially at a time when we are in desperate need of improving our strike force.

“He is a goalscorer, but a hard-working goalscorer as well. He is in contention for the weekend and we are very grateful to Everton for allowing us to complete the move so quickly because we still have eight players missing.

“If I choose him tomorrow [against Arsenal], I don’t have any doubts he’ll be ready for the task.”

Tosun, who joined Everton from Besiktas for £27m, has netted just 10 goals in 51 appearances for the Toffees.

The 28-year-old has only started twice for them this season and is keen for regular football in order to seal his spot in Turkey’s Euro 2020 squad.

The Eagles are also speaking with Tottenham over a loan move for right-back Kyle Walker-Peters.

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