By Danny Wright
Everton have emphatically rejected two loan-to-buy bids from Brighton for striker Oumar Niasse, according to a report.
The Guardian claimed in their live transfer blog on Tuesday [10:56am] that Everton are only willing to sell Niasse, 27, on a permanent basis and are demanding a fee of £10million, which has so far stopped their Premier League rivals from making a good enough offer.
It is understood that Brighton’s fierce rivals Crystal Palace are also interested in the eight-times Senegal international, but the Eagles are yet to make an official approach to the Merseysiders.
Newly promoted Brighton’s latest bid has seen them include a £750,000 loan fee, but it could be seen that Ronald Koeman wants Niasse off his wage bill for good with the Daily Mail recently reporting that he is earning a stunning £80,000-a-week at Goodison Park, despite being nowhere near the first-team.
Niasse spent the second half of last season with Hull and has so far made just seven appearances in the Toffees’ senior squad since he joined from Lokomotiv Moscow in February 2016 while Roberto Martinez was in charge.
The Guardian adds that Niasse has now been cast away from the first-team and is training with the reserve squad as Koeman looks to ship him out.
Football Insider Verdict
It’s unbelievable that Niasse is currently playing for the Everton Under-23 squad and is earning a wage that would put him among the top earners at most Premier League clubs. It’s no wonder that Koeman wants to get rid of him for good. Everton overpaid massively for the Senegalese forward and are now paying the price because no one in their right mind would want to match them wages. Niasse is likely to be happy just to earn his pay packet at Goodison Park rather than go elsewhere, put in more effort and earn less money. £10million is also a lot to demand for someone you want rid of and the Blues will have to drop that asking price as the deadline approaches.