Everton are set to finalise a deal for Senegal international Oumar Niasse with the player set for a medical early on Monday, according to the Guardian.
It was made known that the Blues were interested in signing the Lokomotiv Moscow striker on Saturday evening when the same publication announced that a £13.5m deal was close.
The forward had been courted by clubs such as Chelsea, Manchester United, Tottenham Hotspur, Newcastle United and Aston Villa which shows the pedigree of player that the club are trying to bring in. The player also wants to secure a move to the Premier League with his wife being based in Manchester, with the Blues well placed to offer him that.
Niasse was voted the Russian Premier League player of the year in 2015 while also scoring 12 goals and provided 10 assists in 21 games this season. With Arouna Kone deployed often on the left wing and also playing up front against Carlisle on Sunday, it is likely that the Senegal international will provide competition for the Ivorian.
Niasse can play up front but also can be deployed on either wing which suits Roberto Martinez, who is notoriously known for buying players who are versatile in several positions, such as Arouna Kone or Tom Cleverley.
It is yet to be seen if the Senegalese striker will fail a medical but there is nothing to suggest otherwise, so we could see Niasse in an Everton shirt come Monday’s deadline.