Everton forward Oumar Niasse has told The Guardian that Jose Mourinho admired him, and his sacking prevented a January move to Chelsea.
Niasse, 25, joined Everton on deadline day in a deal worth £13.5m according to the Toffees' official website, having starred in Russia with Lokomotiv Moscow.
The Senegal international hit 19 goals in 42 games for Lokomotiv, having earned his big move to Russia off the back of 15 goals in 40 games for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor.
So far, Niasse has only played 25 minutes of action for Everton, and has yet to make a start for Roberto Martinez's men as he looks to build up his fitness levels - but now, the forward has opened up about how he could have been playing for a different Premier League club.
Niasse has told The Guardian that Jose Mourinho was interested in signing him during his time as Chelsea manager, having been impressed with his performances for Akhisar Belediyespor.
However, before Mourinho had chance to make a move to sign Niasse from Lokomotiv Moscow, he was sacked as Chelsea boss, and the Blues' interested ended there, paving the way for his big-money deadline day move to Goodison Park.
"My manager told me Mourinho was interested," said Niasse. "He said Mourinho liked the way I play and had been looking at me since I was in Turkey [with Akhisar Belediyespor]. He was very interested in me for this last transfer window but then he was sacked," he added.
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