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Report: Koeman axes £13.5m Everton player, tells chiefs no place for him next season

By Harvey Byrne

Everton are set to offload Oumar Niasse as Ronald Koeman has no place for the forward in his team, according to a report.

The Mirror have claimed that the January £13.5million signing is poised to join the list of the Premier League’s most expensive flops this summer.

Niasse, who has started just two matches for the Toffees, has been earmarked for the chop by new boss Koeman.

It is believed that the 26-year-old, who joined the Merseyside club from Lokomotiv Moscow seven months ago, will be offered out on loan.

The Toffees have spent the last week in Austria during pre-season and the Dutch manager, who was assessing his new players, has told the club’s chiefs that it will be difficult for Niasse to get playing time next season.

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It is believed that a return to Russia is the most likely destination for the out-of-favour striker, who failed to get on the scoresheet in five Premier League appearances last season.

Koeman is reportedly looking to bring in a striker to Goodison Park this summer with star striker Romelu Lukaku’s future in doubt, while Arouna Kone and Niasse haven’t shown the best performances in the Premier League.

The latest striker to be linked with the Toffees is Wilfried Bony from Manchester City, which could potentially turn into an exchange deal for star centre-back John Stones.

In other Everton transfer news, Toffees boss Ronald Koeman wants to sign Euro 2016 winning goalkeeper Rui Patricio.