By Will Butcher
Everton have agreed a fee with Crystal Palace for the sale of ostracised striker Oumar Niasse, according to a reliable journalist.
Guardian journalist David Hytner claimed on his personal Twitter account that the two clubs have settled on a figure that will see the 27-year-old leave the Toffees on a permanent basis.
It is said that personal terms are now to be discussed between eight-time Senegal international Niasse and Frank de Boer’s Eagles, as the two sides look to thrash out a late deal.
Palace have agreed a fee with Everton for the permanent transfer of Oumar Niasse (not sure how much atm). Personal terms now to be discussed
— David Hytner (@DaveHytner) August 31, 2017
Niasse’s future has been up in the air for the entirety of the summer transfer window, with Ronald Koeman seemingly unwilling to give him a chance in Everton’s first team.
The likes of Wayne Rooney, Sandro Ramirez and Dom Calvert-Lewin sit ahead of him in the pecking order.
The former Lokomotiv Moscow striker has endured a difficult time on Merseyside since his move from the Russian side back in 2016’s January transfer window.
Making just seven first-team appearances for Everton, Niasse was loaned to Hull City last season and proved his worth with five goals in 19 league and cup appearances for the Tigers.
Niasse has three years remaining on the four-and-a-half-year deal he signed back in January 2016, a deal conducted by former manager Roberto Martinez.
Football Insider verdict
Niasse desperately needs to move this summer in order to reignite his stuttering career and travelling south to Selhurst Park could be just what he needs to rediscover his goalscoring touch. Last season’s short loan spell with Hull showed that he can find the back of the net in the Premier League, and Crystal Palace must look to push through a deal in order to boost their disappointing start to the 2017-18 season. However, Niasse must consider if he is to be given regular first-team football, with target man Christian Benteke expected to remain first choice ahead of Niasse with de Boer so far using a system that incorporates only one striker.
In other Everton transfer news, West Ham have seen a loan bid rejected for one of the Toffees’ star attackers.