Danny Murphy analyses Everton's deadline day signing, explains his concerns about Lukaku

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Danny Murphy believes Romelu Lukaku could leave Everton.

Pundit Danny Murphy has told BBC Sport's deadline day special that he thinks Oumar Niasse's move to Everton could lead to Romelu Lukaku's departure.

The Toffees confirmed late on deadline day that Senegalese international striker Niasse had arrived in a £13.5m deal from Russian giants Lokomotiv Moscow.

The 25-year-old speedster has hit 19 goals in 42 games since joining Lokomotiv from Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor in the summer of 2014, and is seen as a big signing to boost Everton's attacking options.

However, not everybody is quite so delighted with the move to sign Niasse on Monday. Some believe that Everton needed another defender rather than a new forward, and others are even concerned about the future of star striker Romelu Lukaku.

Lukaku, 22, has hammered 15 goals and five assists for Everton this term, establishing himself as one of the most dangerous strikers in the Premier League - but his exploits in front of goal are bound to attract interest at the end of the season.

Now, pundit Danny Murphy - formerly of Liverpool - has told BBC Sport's deadline day special that he thinks Niasse won't even play for Everton and will be a substitute, before predicting that Lukaku will leave Goodison Park in the summer, with Niasse being signed as his replacement.

"It's a lot of money to spend on someone who's going to sit on the bench," said Murphy. "My worry for Everton supporters would be that is it forward thinking for Everton of getting someone in now, to play where Lukaku's playing? Because to try and play two strikers, then you're going to move Ross Barkley out of that position he's doing so well in - I don't see that happening."

"I can't imagine [Niasse] said 'oh yeah, I'm happy to come and sit on the bench'. He must expect to play some football, so I would expect Lukaku to be moving in the summer," he added.

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