By Dominic Toner
Ronald Koeman has said that Oumar Niasse has no chance of breaking into the Everton team.
The forward was told in the summer that he was not considered a part of Koeman’s plans following his appointment as manager, meaning that he was free to leave the club.
The Mail report that there was interest from Crystal Palace and some Russian clubs but Niasse opted to stay at Goodison Park.
The 26-year-old, who has a contract at Everton that expires in 2020 and which the Daily Star reports is worth £55,000-a-week, is yet to make a first-team appearance this season under Koeman.
The club’s manager Koeman has revealed that Niasse has no chance of rejoining the senior team and is not in his plans.
“I don’t think the goal changes anything but he’s still a contracted player of Everton,” he told the Mail. “Of course I mentioned before the season started that he’s a player who will not be in my plans but he’s still under contract and he needs game-time for if there is interest from other clubs.
“Normally, we have enough strikers and different striker to what he is. I prefer these people and not Niasse in the team.”
Niasse has made one appearance this season for Everton under-23s and managed to score in the game.
Everton signed the striker in January for £13.5million but he failed to adjust to English football.
The club’s first-choice option Romelu Lukaku kept his opportunities limited and has failed to score on any of his seven appearances for the club.
Koeman has opted to have use attacking options Lukaku, Gerard Deulofeu and Enner Valencia for the campaign.
Everton have enjoyed a remarkable start this season, with the Toffees unbeaten in the league and currency second-placed.
In other Everton team news, Aaron Lennon has revealed Koeman’s latest clampdown at the club.