By Harvey Byrne
Premier League rivals Brighton have expressed their interest in signing Everton striker Oumar Niasse this summer, according to a report.
The Daily Mail have claimed on their live transfer blog (Thursday, 4.53pm) that the newly promoted club are looking to bring in the Toffees 27-year-old.
However, it is also said that the south coast side are reluctant to spend more than £6million for the attacker who cost the Goodison Park club a huge £13.5million in the 2016 winter window.
Niasse has had a difficult time on Merseyside to date, playing just seven times without finding the back of the net before being frozen out by last summer appointment Ronald Koeman.
In January he joined Hull on loan until the end of the season with a view to a permanent £10million transfer.
But, after just five goals in 19 appearances he was unable to keep the Tigers away from relegation and a move never materialised.
The striker still has three years remaining on his contract at Everton and a move across the division to Brighton may be tempting if a deal can be struck.
Football Insider verdict:
Niasse’s time at Everton is up and it is now just a case of selling him to the highest bidder. Koeman strikes as a very stubborn coach after his work at both Southampton and Everton, which includes his stance on current Toffees attacker Ross Barkley. Niasse has also shown very little in his time in England to suggest that he is even capable of playing in the Premier League. Former boss Roberto Martinez did make some questionable signings during his time in charge of the Toffees and Niasse is certainly one of them. The fact that he was handed a four-and-a-half year contract on his signing makes it even stranger and the club must now get him off the books sooner rather than later.
In other Everton transfer news, the Toffees are looking to thrash out a deal for Premier League assist king this weekend with medical scheduled.