Everton have agreed a deal with Hull that will see Oumar Niasse join the Tigers on loan for the rest of the season, according to the Guardian.
Journalist David Hytner reports that Hull will cover all of Niasse’s £55,000 a week wages for the duration of the loan .
The Tigers will also have an option to buy Niasse permanently for £10m at the end of the season.
As well as offering Niasse the chance of regular first-team football, removing him from Everton’s wage bill may also free up funds for new signings during the transfer window.
That may go some way towards lowering the fume levels amongst the supporters, who have grown increasingly frustrated at Everton’s inertia in the transfer market so far this month.
Niasse joined Everton for £13.5m from Spartak Moscow on transfer deadline day 12 months ago but the move has turned into something of a nightmare.
The Senegal striker had to wait nearly a month to make his debut due to a wrist injury, coming on as a late substitute against Bournemouth in the FA Cup.
When he did make it onto the pitch Niasse failed to impress and made just seven appearances before being dropped for the final game of the season against Norwich.
Ronald Koeman needed just 45 minutes of a pre-season friendly to make his mind up about the 26-year-old, freezing him out of the first-team picture in July.
Niasse has had to be content with U23 football since, with the striker admitting in October that he didn’t even have a locker as USM Finch Farm.
A move away therefore suits all parties, with Hull desperate to strengthen their forward line and aid their battle against relegation.
Niasse, who to his credit has been professional throughout his difficult spell on Merseyside, also deserves a second chance in English football.
I’m sure most Evertonians will wish him well, even if his displays in a royal blue shirt won’t live long in the memory.