clock menu more-arrow no yes

Filed under:

Everton move for M’Baye Niang may not be imminent after all

French striker seems to actually be on holiday, contrary to yesterday’s Echo reports.

Watford v West Bromwich Albion - Premier League Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images

If it seemed that Everton potentially signing three players in the span of 24-48 hours was too good to be true, well, it may have been.

The Liverpool Echo relayed yesterday that both Davy Klaassen and AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang were at USM Finch Farm, but as it turns out, it looks like only the Dutchman was in town.

Niang posted the following on his Instagram account today, which in rough terms, indicates he’s away on vacation, because Liverpool looks nothing like the scene depicted below.

Niang’s post makes sense when viewed through the perspective of CalcioMercato’s report that the player wanted to take time to ponder Everton’s interest.

At this point, it’s fairly clear that Steve Walsh and company have made AC Milan a firm offer for Niang. Given the Frenchman had no interest in remaining with Watford, it could be that he prefers his future to lie away from England.

“But even if Watford have an option to purchase that the management wants to activate, I do not see myself staying there. And that is only for personal reasons.

“I have given myself time to reflect, I weighed up the pros and cons and despite the great opportunity offered by Watford, I do not think my future lies there.

“I ask them to be understanding and accept my decision, which is irrevocable because I will not change my mind.”

M’baye Niang via ESPNFC

In truth, Niang could be saving Everton from themselves. The club have already confirmed two excellent signings in Klaassen and Jordan Pickford, but the AC Milan striker has a cluttered past, and is yet to truly make good on his potential.

If Niang does turn down the Blues, it may be an opportunity for Walsh and Koeman to switch focus to Carlos Bacca, a forward with a better resume and one who is likely more capable of leading the line full-time.

Either way, Everton look set to sign two goal-scorers this offseason. One is likely to be Sandro Ramirez, but who the other is at this point is now anyone’s guess.