Oumar Niasse has fallen down the pecking order at Everton following the arrival of Cenk Tosun in January, and now with Richarlison also having a go at the striker role, it was almost certain that he will be looking to leave for more playing opportunities in the coming January transfer window.
Usually reliable Turkish outlet Fanatik are saying that Niasse already has a transfer agreement with Turkey’s Super Lig champions Galatasaray, and all that remains is for the two clubs to hash out a deal for the Senegalese forward. The Turkish side already has Toffees’ youngster Henry Onyekuru on loan this season so there is a working relationship already in place.
Galatasaray have been in indifferent form this season under Fatih Terim, having failed to replace departed striker Bafetimbi Gomis and are paying the price for losing his goals. Onyekuru was off to a good start but the goals have dried up for him too in recent weeks, but he has not had much success lining up as a center forward and Niasse’s workrate makes him the perfect target man for that position.
Brought to the Premier League by Roberto Martinez and widely panned as a failure, the forward has toiled under four different managers at the Blues without a complaint, just putting his head down and getting the work in. In 38 games for the Everton senior side, he has scored nine times, with four assists.
The winter window is always a difficult time to find quality replacements, so it will be interesting to see if indeed Everton decide to sell the player, and if so who they get to replace him.