By Harvey Byrne
Newcastle are in a three-club chase with Premier League rivals Brighton and Burnley for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, according to a report.
The Irish Sun have claimed on their website that the 27-year-old Toffees man is highly sought after this summer with the Seagulls currently in the pole-position for his signature.
The Senegalese frontman has been plying his trade in England for a year and a half now after completing a move to Everton in February 2016 for a fee of £13.5million from Lokomotiv Moscow.
However, his time in Merseyside has been largely unsuccessful and it is said that Ronald Koeman would be willing to allow Niasse to leave on loan with an option of a permanent switch.
But, the Dutchman is also looking to recoup at least £10million for the forward who has failed to find the back of the net in seven appearances for Everton.
Niasse is still contracted to the Toffees until 2020 and last season he failed to make a single appearance for the club as he spent the second half of the campaign on loan at Hull, scoring five times in 19 matches in total.
Football Insider verdict:
The name of Niasse is one that Newcastle should certainly not be considering this summer due to him being no better than current options Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic. If the Magpies want to ensure their Premier League survival then they must bring in players who can strengthen their starting line-up rather than adding squad fillers. The name of Niasse just stinks of desperation on Newcastle’s behalf and looks like a cheap option for the club, rather than an ambitious one. If the Senegal hitman is the player Newcastle are looking at to add to their frontline then they could be in for a season of struggle.
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