Report: Everton striker transfer collapses at the eleventh hour
By Aramide Oladipo
Everton striker Oumar Niasse failed to complete a deadline day transfer to fellow Premier League side Crystal Palace due to a disagreement over his agent’s fee, according to a report.
The Daily Mail claims that the 27-year-old travelled down to London on Thursday night after both clubs had agreed a fee of £7million.
The newspaper reports that the deal sheet was submitted on time before the 11pm deadline which allowed Palace an extra two hours to complete the deal but it eventually collapsed in the eleventh hour as negotiations broke down due to Niasse’s agent fee.
The report claims that Palace boss Frank de Boer was desperate to land the striker as he felt that Niasse could form a great partnership with talisman Christian Benteke.
The Senegal international now returns to Merseyside although Everton manager Ronald Koeman reportedly deems the striker surplus to requirements at the club.
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Niasse has endured a tough spell with the Toffees since securing a permanent deal with the club last year, failing to impress both Koeman and Roberto Martinez with his performances.
The striker has still yet to feature in the Everton matchday squads this season.
Niasse currently has three years remaining on his contract at Goodison Park.
Football Insider verdict
There is very little doubt that Niasse will be extremely disappointed that the deadline deal to Palace failed to materialise. With Everton incorporating a host of new attacking players into the first-team squad this summer, the striker is unlikely to enjoy many minutes with the club this season even in the domestic cup competitions. It will also be frustrating for Koeman who appears to be adamant that there is no place for Niasse in the first-team this season. The Senegalese forward will need to knuckle down and attempt to get in his manager’s good books in order to feature for the Toffees before the transfer window reopens in January.
In other Everton transfer news, this Toffees attacker was omitted from the squad against Chelsea amid reported interest from elsewhere.