According to a recent report from The Sun, Oumar Niasse could be set for a move away from Everton in the January transfer window. The striker made the move to Goodison Park back in January 2016 after impressing greatly at Lokomotiv Moscow, although a lack of regular game time under new Toffees manager Marco Silva this season has plunged his future at the club into doubt.
And reports suggest that fellow Premier League outfit Crystal Palace have made a £6.5 million bid for the 28-year-old, a fee the Merseysiders must take and indeed run with in a bid to finally cut their losses on the underperforming forward, who has proven to be a transfer shocker.
Ultimately, the Senegal international was brought to Goodison Park in the winter window of 2016 as Roberto Martinez sought further improvements to his striking ranks, what with Romelu Lukaku the main man at the club but no real accomplished options besides him.
And with the Belgium international eventually leaving for Manchester United back in the summer of 2017, Everton fans would have been hoping that Niasse was the man to fill the void left by the striker’s departure, only for the opposite to happen with the club still on the lookout for a replacement for Lukaku 18 months on from his exit.
And that’s because Niasse simply hasn’t been able to produce the goods on a consistent enough basis for the Toffees – there have been glimpses of promise, including the eight goals he scored in 22 Premier League appearances last term, but on the whole he has completely flattered to deceive.
And the fact that he has mustered just five Premier League appearances under new boss Silva this season, despite the Toffees’ obvious need for an out-and-out number nine to lead the line, emphasises just how lowly he is rated by the 41-year-old – Niasse’s time at the club appears all but over.
Yes, they may have spent big money luring him away from Lokomotiv Moscow back in 2016, with his arrival costing the Toffees £16.11 million (as per Transfermarkt), and as such they look set to incur a hefty loss on the 28-year-old, but with Palace themselves in need of a striker to lead their line, Everton may not get a better chance to recoup some of that price-tag back.
Roy Hodgson’s Eagles have seriously struggled in front of goal this term in netting on only 19 occasions in the league so far, with the injury to Christian Benteke leaving them very short up top, and thus without that much-needed focal point which has often made a telling difference to Palace in recent times.
Niasse might be able to provide that hence the reported move for the striker – for £6.5 million, it’s a move that is in the best interests of Palace, Everton, and indeed Niasse, which is why the Toffees must take the money and run in a bid to finally get rid of the 28-year-old.
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