Ronald Koeman is ready to offload Everton forward Oumar Niasse, who has agreed terms with Fenerbahce, claim Turkish newpaper Fotospor.

Although the Dutch manager has been busy bringing players in during the transfer window, including forwards Sandro Ramirez and Wayne Rooney, the Toffees boss has also been working hard to ensure that others find new clubs.

Niasse was signed by Koeman’s predecessor Roberto Martinez but the African striker’s time at Everton has been an unmitigated disaster.

No transfer fee was mentioned in the Turkish report but Everton will surely be keen to get as much of the £13 million they paid for him back from the Istanbul giants.

Complicating matters is the fact that Fenerbahce have been penalised under Financial Fair Play regulations, so their bargaining power may be limited.

The striker made just seven Everton appearances since arriving from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2015 and spent last season on loan at Hull City.

A move to Fenerbahce would see Niasse, who has eight Senegal caps and three goals, return to the Super Lig.

He scored 15 times in 40 matches during a spell with Akhisar Belediyespor and then found success playing in Russia.

However, after his move to Goodison Park, he never showed the sort of form required to earn himself a regular starting place and was demoted to the Everton under-23s before heading to Hull.

Following the Tigers’ relegation to the Championship, they decided against paying £10 million to make his move permanent after he managed five goals in 19 appearances in 2016-17.

Koeman still has Dominic Calvert-Lewin as an alternative attacking option to call on while Shani Tarashaj – another Martinez signing – has not been given a squad number, suggesting he is also free to leave.

Everton opened their Premier League campaign with a 1-0 win over Stoke City and then took a creditable 1-1 draw away at Manchester City last night.

Although Rooney and Calvert-Lewin have both found the scoresheet this season already, Koeman is keen to add more forwards to his squad.

Niasse’s departure would give him more room for manoeuvre and even a cut-price deal would suit all parties.



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