By Alex Stevens
Hull will pay the entire salary of Everton striker Oumar Niasse during his loan spell at the club until the end of the season, according to a report.
The Guardian claim the terms have been finalised for Niasse to join Premier League bottom club Hull on a buy-to-loan deal.
It is said that the transfer will be an initial loan with an option for it to be converted into a permanent transfer for a fee of £10million at the end of the 2016/17 campaign.
The Guardian report that Hull will meet the full costs of Niasse’s salary, which is £50,000-a-week, and that there will no contributions from the cash-rich Merseysiders.
Niasse appears to have played his last game for Everton even though his contract with the club runs until the summer of 2020.
The Senegal international has made no impact at Goodison Park since joining from Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow last January for a fee of £13.5million.
He has made seven appearances for Everton, just two of which he has started, and has not opened his goal account for the club.
Manager Ronald Koeman has made it clear that the Senegal international, 26, is not in his first-team plans and has not named him once in a matchday squad this season.
Niasse has been training with the development squad and has made five appearances in Premier League 2, scoring seven goals, including a hat-trick against Reading Under-23s.
Hull are the top flight’s equal lowest-scoring club, with their 20 matches in the competition yielding just 17 goals, a distinction shared with Middlesbrough.
The top scorers in the division are high-flying Liverpool, who have racked up a 48-goal haul.
Football Insider verdict:
It did not take Koeman long to decide that Niasse was not what he was looking for in a striker, and the player has been frozen out of the first team picture since the start of the season. Everton are showing a new-found speediness in the transfer market and this deal has the hallmarks of the new regime. It is a smart one, too. An unwanted player is away from the training ground for the rest of the season, and another club is paying his wages. Everton will now hope that the flop front man can score enough goals to convince Hull to make the deal permanent.
In other Everton transfer news, the club have tabled a mega striker offer.