By Will Butcher
Trabzonspor want to take Everton striker Oumar Niasse on loan this summer, according to a report.
Turkish outlet Fotospor claim the Super Lig side do not want to buy the out-of-favour forward permanently with Everton slapping an £8.7million price tag on the 27-year-old.
It is believed that the Toffees are willing to take a loss on Niasse after former manager Roberto Martinez splashed out £13.5million to sign him from Russian side Lokomotiv Moscow in 2016.
Niasse spent the second half of the 2016-17 season on loan with relegated Premier League outfit Hull City, after failing to have any kind of impact at Goodison Park.
The Senegal international scored five goals for the Yorkshire outfit during his 19 league and cup encounters, but is expected to return to Merseyside ahead of the summer transfer window.
Now, Niasse could be shipped out on loan again instead of being given the chance to provide back-up to undisputed first-choice striker Romelu Lukaku.
The striker has three years remaining on the four-and-a-half-year deal he signed with the Toffees back in January 2016, but could now be offloaded as Koeman looks to shuffle his pack.
A move to Trabzonspor for Niasse would see him team up with the likes of former Hull star Dame N’Doye and ex-Wigan attacker Hugo Rodallega.
Football Insider verdict:
Everton should look to offload Niasse at the first opportunity despite a promising loan spell with Hull that saw him score a brace against Swansea in March. If the Toffees are to send Niasse on loan for a second time, then they must include a loan-to-buy clause in the deal in order to sell him permanently come the end of the temporary spell. If the Toffees can recuperate half of the astronomical transfer fee they spent on Niasse, then it will be a good deal.
In other Everton transfer news, this teenage winger reportedly eyed by the Toffees is set to be offered a new deal by his current side.