Senior Everton trio set for exit door after emphatic club decision
By Harvey Byrne
Everton senior trio Oumar Niasse, Aiden McGeady and Luke Garbutt have not been handed squad numbers this season as they head for the exit door.
The club revealed on their official website on Tuesday night their squad numbers list for the upcoming campaign and the three senior players were noticeable absentees from the list.
Niasse wore the number 14 shirt last season, but this season has been left empty-handed.
The Senegal international has widely been considered a flop after his £13.5million from Lokomotiv Moscow to the Toffees last January.
Latest reports from the Daily Mail claim that Galatasaray have moved to take the striker off Everton’s hands and want to bring Niasse to the club on a season-long loan.
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Manager Ronald Koeman is believed to have told the club the player is not his plans for the upcoming season, despite Lukaku’s future at the club still in doubt and Niasse still having four-years left on his contract.
Meanwhile, Garbutt and McGeady both enjoyed loan spells in the Championship last season.
Experienced winger McGeady moved to Sheffield Wednesday for the second part of last season, while Garbutt spent last season on-loan in the Championship with Fulham where he made 27 appearances in all competitions.
McGeady, 30, has made 40 appearances for the Toffees in all competitions since joining the club in 2014 and still has two-years left on his contract.
Garbutt, 23, has only featured in five Premier League matches for the Toffees since joining from Leeds at the age of 16, but he has also starred in 10 Europa League fixtures during his time at Goodison Park and he still has four-years left on his contract.
It may be a case now that neither player is considered good enough for the club with the Toffees now looking towards a new era under new owner Farhad Moshiri.
Conor McAleny and Leandro Rodriguez were other notable omissions to the squad numbers list.