Report: Everton close to signing Oumar Niasse, forward arrives for talks

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Everton are reportedly close to signing Lokomotiv Moscow star Oumar Niasse.

According to The Guardian, Everton are on the verge of signing Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse in a £13.5m deal.

The Toffees have been quiet during this month's transfer window, bringing in Grasshopper Zurich forward Shani Tarashaj, only to loan the youngster back to the Swiss club until the end of the season.

Now though, with Roberto Martinez under huge pressure, it seems that Everton are on the verge of a huge deal to sign Senegal international Oumar Niasse.

The 25-year-old joined Lokomotiv Moscow back in July 2014, having hit 15 goals in 40 games for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor, and he has continued to score goals in Russia.

A pacey player who can play out wide or up front, Niasse hit six goals in 19 games last season, before racking up 13 goals and eight assists in just 23 appearances this term.

A host of Premier League League are credited with an interest by The Guardian, including Aston Villa, Newcastle United and Tottenham Hotspur, but they suggest that Everton have agreed a £13.5m deal to snap up Niasse.

It's stated that Niasse has arrived in the North West for talks with Everton officials, and the deal should go through before Monday's transfer deadline all being well.

Whether signing Niasse will be the boost that Martinez needs remains to be seen, but it shows that the Goodison Park hierarchy are still prepared to back the under-fire Spaniard with cash to spend, in a bid to reverse the club's fortunes.

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