According to a recent report from The Times, Oumar Niasse could be set for a move away come the New Year. The striker currently plays his football at Premier League outfit Everton and has done so since leaving Lokomotiv Moscow back in 2016, although a lack of regular game time under new manager Marco Silva this season has plunged his future at Goodison Park into doubt.
And reports suggest that the 28-year-old might be let go by Silva come the January transfer window, which is news that should be of keen interest to Rangers manager Steven Gerrard, as the linked-away forward would no doubt aid his side’s push for the Scottish Premiership title.
Ultimately, the 38-year-old has done a sterling job in his first few months at Ibrox in leading the Light Blues to top spot in the division, with many believing that the Scottish giants may well be able to challenge champions Celtic for the title in the second half of the campaign.
However, while the Gers are the top-scorers in the Scottish top-flight with 37 goals from their 14 games, nine have come from the boot of Alfredo Morelos, who is enjoying a stellar season in front of goal – yet the next top-scoring striker at Ibrox is Kyle Lafferty with just three.
Thus, it appears as though Gerrard needs to take the weight off Morelos’ shoulders in January by landing another accomplished and prolific forward, and Everton’s Niasse appears to be the man for the job.
The 28-year-old may have endured a testing time at Goodison Park following his move there in 2016, including being frozen out by manager Ronald Koeman, but he still managed eight goals in just 22 Premier League games for the club last season to underline his credentials in the English top-flight.
Add in the five he netted on loan at Hull City in the top tier, as well as the 19 goals for Lokomotiv Moscow to thus earn him a move to Everton, and it’s pretty clear that the Senegal international could be a huge asset to Gerrard’s side in the second half of the campaign.
And with just four Premier League appearances under Silva this term, in a team which is crying out for a number nine, it’s plainly obvious that he has little to no future at Goodison Park – Rangers must be ready to pounce.
Ultimately, the Gers have given themselves a real chance of winning the Scottish Premiership this season, which means the business they conduct in January could make-or-break their title hopes – landing linked-away Niasse would certainly bolster their striking ranks, thus taking the weight of Morelos as they go in search of title number 55.
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