The Turkish rumour mill never seems to stop turning, and Sport Witness picked up a story from media outlet Milliyet saying that Marco Silva has blocked Everton forward Oumar Niasse from leaving the club during this transfer window for Galatasaray.
This comes as no surprise as the defending Super Lig champions in Turkey have had their eye on the player for some time now even before the close of the English transfer window, but very early on in his tenure at the Blues, the manager had made it very clear that he does not want Niasse to leave.
The relationship between the pair goes back to Hull City when Silva was on his maiden English Premier League job and the striker was on loan at the Tigers for the season.
This summer, there were links for loan deals to Turkish sides for Niasse, but Silva quashed that talk in comments to the Echo.
“Of course, Oumar Niasse is in our plans. I understand the question as well, we need to understand his football. He is a player who can give different things than the other players we have in this position.
“He is different than all the others when you look at Cenk Tosun and at the other boy Dominic Calvert-Lewin – Oumar Niasse is completely different and in some moments, like this evening in the second-half, or when he starts games, he will give different things to the others.
“It is a matter of my decision, in the right moments of the game.”
Letting Niasse leave would also fly in the face of the mantra that Brands has been preaching of having two capable players for every position, especially with the only remaining options for that position being the unproven Dominic Calvert-Lewin and the hapless Sandro Ramirez.