Everton are supposedly ready to allow Oumar Niasse to leave Goodison Park – but only on loan.
According to The Daily Mail, Cardiff City have agreed to take the Senegalese striker for the rest of the 2018/19 season, with an option to purchase for £10 million in the summer.
Niasse has been very much out of the picture at Everton this season, making just five cameo appearances in the Premier League totalling 58 minutes of pitch time.
He has made a further couple of appearances in the League Cup.
It is clear that Marco Silva doesn’t trust him to be the main striker for the Toffees, a view shared by previous managers Sam Allardyce, Ronald Koeman and the man that signed him Roberto Martinez.
He went on loan to Hull City for half of the 2016/17 season, meaning all in all Niasse has made just 32 appearances for Everton since his arrival and scored nine goals
Everton shouldn’t be wasting time with a loan
Although this deal probably suits Cardiff, Everton should be working harder to ensure Niasse is completely off their books by the end of this month.
Unfortunately he has proven that he is just not up to the job. He has had plenty of time, and the fact that he hasn’t impressed Koeman, Allardyce or Silva says a lot.
His loan spell at Hull wasn’t sparkling, suggesting the club shouldn’t bother facilitating another for him.
If Everton were able to sell Niasse and recoup some of the £13.5 million paid for him, then it could be reinvested into other potential targets.
The Toffees need to shake up their squad a little, and Niasse is deadwood that needs getting rid of.