By Danny Wright
Everton have slapped an £8million price tag on Oumar Niasse as Ronald Koeman looks to get the attacker off the wage bill at Goodison Park, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that although Niasse, 27, enjoyed a solid second half of the season while on loan with Hull last term, he has no future on Merseyside under the charge of the Dutch manager.
It is understood that the eight-times Senegal international is earning a staggering £80,000-a-week with Everton despite only ever making seven appearances since signing from Lokomotiv Moscow in February 2016 while Roberto Martinez was in charge.
The report adds that Everton’s Premier League rivals Brighton could be a potential destination for Niasse after the the Mirror claimed earlier this month that the two sides were in talks with one another about a possible loan deal.
However it now seems that Everton are planning to get Niasse off their wage bill for good and their hopes of that happening could be boosted by Brighton missing out on Raphael Dwamena from Zurich after he failed a medical.
Football Insider Verdict
The signing of Niasse was a very expensive mistake by Everton and it is one of the lingering reminders of how poor Martinez’s final year at Goodison Park was. The striker is just nowhere near the quality of a Premier League team that isn’t fighting a relegation battle. Everton are simply wasting £80,000-a-week on the Senegal international and they need to try and get rid of him as soon as possible, because the club’s wage bill would have no doubt gone up a lot this summer with the big-money arrivals that have come in. Koeman still needs a striker in his squad before the transfer window slams shut this week.
In other Everton news, fans have destroyed this summer signing after his display against Chelsea.