Not every transfer move works out. £13.5m pounds for Oumar Niasse has not turned out the way anyone would have hoped, as can be seen by the fact that the manager who signed him is nowhere to be found. Now the striker is being linked with a move away from Everton to Fenerbahce in Turkey and it appears as though it may be best for everyone.
Niasse spent the second half of last season on loan at Hull City where he scored four goals (notably scoring at Anfield) in 17 league appearances, but he was completely absent from Ronald Koeman’s plans in the first half of the year.
His issues have not merely been on the field, however, as he was arrested for suspicion of assault in 2016. In many respects, moving to a completely new environment may be the best thing for all concerned.
The sticking point in negotiations between Everton and the Turkish club is, of course, all about money. Everton values the player at £10m but for Fenerbahce that would be their third highest transfer fee ever and they are not keen to splash that sort of cash on a troubled 27 year old.
At the price Everton is seeking, there are likely to be few suitors, for most of the lower level English Premier League clubs such a fee is too close to their record expenditure for comfort, and when you look abroad the highest level that Niasse is a truly proven commodity is the Russian league, which is likely to make a lot of teams in the top five leagues nervous. The best thing for Everton to do is to cut their losses and write this off as a failure of a previous administration. The club is better off without the hassle or the distraction even if it means a few million pounds extra in net transfer loss.