Everton outcast Oumar Niasse is set to join newly-promoted Brighton, according to reports.
The Watford Observer claims the Senegalese forward “is likely” to sign for Chris Hughton’s side ahead of the new season.
Why is the Watford Observer reporting this? Well, Watford are managed by Marco Silva, who signed Niasse on loan while in charge of Hull last season.
Niasse scored five goals in 19 games for the Tigers, including a memorable strike against Liverpool, but couldn’t save them from relegation.
Following their drop into the Championship Hull decided not to take up an option to sign Niasse permanently for £10m and Silva left the club for Watford.
It’s not surprising therefore that speculation has linked Niasse and Silva with a reunion at Vicarage Road. However, the Observer insists that is just “paper talk” and Brighton remain his likely destination.
It’s not clear whether the deal will be a permanent move or a loan, though my hunch is it will be the latter.
Niasse still has three years left on his contract at Goodison Park and the Toffees look certain to make a loss on the £13.5m they shelled out for the striker in January 2016.
Niasse failed to score in seven appearances for the club and remains a lingering symbol of the disastrous final few months under Roberto Martinez.
Ronald Koeman quickly banished the striker from the first-team picture last summer, stripping him of both a squad number and even a locker at Finch Farm.
Niasse has at least been given a squad number this time around (34) but he clearly has no future at Goodison Park.
A move away from the club - even on loan - would be best for all parties.