By George Brooks

Everton striker Oumar Niasse has revealed that he is happy with his decision to remain at the club, after he came close to joining Crystal Palace on deadline day.

The Toffees face bottom-of-the-table Palace in the Premier League at Selhurst Park on Saturday afternoon.

The Senegalese striker had been linked with loan move to the Eagles throughout deadline day but the move fell through.

The 27-year-old says he is happy with his decision to remain at Goodison Park and is expecting a tough game against the club he nearly signed for.

“Just one hour before the window closed I didn’t sign. They know why, I know why, I’m not going to go deep on that,” said the striker, as quoted by the Croydon Advertiser.

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“I’m feeling thankful and happy to go back to Everton. Now it is a different challenge, we are not in a good position. They are worse but it is going to be a difficult game.”

Niasse has scored five goals in eight appearances for the Toffees in all competitions this season, including a brace against Bournemouth.

The forward spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City where he scored five goals in 20 games.

Everton are currently 15th in the Premier League table with 11 points from their opening 11 games.

The club are still searching for a new manager after Ronald Koeman was sacked last month. Former U-23 coach David Unsworth is currently in caretaker charge.

Meanwhile, Palace have made an even worse start to the season, losing nine of their first 11 matches. Their only Premier League victory this season came against the champions Chelsea last month.

In other Everton news, the Toffees are considering making a bid for this Championship teenage sensation in January.

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