Oumar Niasse has rejected a move to Nottingham Forest after Everton accepted their offer, Football Insider can reveal.

The Premier League club are trying to loan out the striker, 29, for the second half of the season after he was deemed surplus to requirements by Carlo Ancelotti.

A Forest source has told Football Insider that they had a loan offer for Niasse accepted by Everton but the player himself was unwilling to make the move.

One of Championship club also suffered the same fate after the Merseysiders accepted their loan bid.

Niasse does not want to drop down to the English second tier after playing entirely in the Premier League since joining from Lokomotiv Moscow for £16million in January 2016.

His two previous loan spells at Hull City and Cardiff City came when both clubs were playing in the Premier League.

The Senegal international has struggled for game time at Everton and has only made 40 appearances for them in four years.

His one fleeting appearance this season came as a substitute in the Merseysiders’ 1-1 draw against Manchester United last month.

Director of football Marcel Brands revealed at the Everton annual general meeting on Tuesday that he is trying to find a new club for Niasse this month.

Forest manager Sabri Lamouchi has made it clear he is in the market for a new centre-forward this month as his team chase promotion to the Premier League.

In other Everton news, Kevin Phillips has hailed Goodison hire an “an absolute coup, UNBELIEVABLE” in exclusive Football Insider interview.