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Niasse linked again with Galatasaray

New rumours, but will he really leave?

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Oumar Niasse
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The Oumar Niasse saga at Everton continues to roll on, with more twists thrown in by the week.

The latest news is that he has launched a ‘come and get me’ plea to Turkish club Galatasaray, through a message to friends in the country.

Per the Liverpool Echo, the message reportedly said:

"Sign me, you won’t regret it. I'm very much in training. Playing (for Galatasaray) would be my dream to.”

Ronald Koeman had decided very early on this season that there was no room for the striker in his squad, and sent him down to the U-23 squad playing for David Unsworth in the Premier League 2.

The manager had some pretty harsh words for Niasse at the beginning of the season, saying that he didn’t see a role for him at the club based on his poor display of skills and fitness which meant he barely featured for Roberto Martinez, and only played one half of a preseason game for Koeman.

The forward subsequently refused multiple opportunities to go ply his trade elsewhere while the summer transfer window was open.

What followed was a test of his faith as the club first took away his squad number, and then relegated him to the youth training facilities, where in his own words he didn’t even have a locker to change at.

Despite then going on to score a hattrick for the U-23 side, Koeman insisted that his decision on the player was final, while adding that he hoped Niasse would continue to score hattricks every week, but for the youth side.

However, it looks like the Galatasaray move might also not materialize, with midfielder Bilal Kisa saying -

"This is Galatasaray, not Akhisar Belediyespor."

Just for reference, Akhisar are a newer team in the Süper Lig, formed in 1970, finishing eight in the Turkish league last season and second from bottom this year.