Should Celtic target Oumar Niasse as part of Moussa Dembele deal if Frenchman looks Everton bound?

General view outside Celtic Park before the game

Everton were linked with making a £30 million move for Celtic striker Moussa Dembele during this window.

Celtic's Moussa DembeleCeltic's Moussa Dembele is being targeted by Everton

A recent report in The Scottish Sun suggested that Everton were considering targeting Moussa Dembele this summer, and were weighing up a £30 million bid that Celtic would struggle to turn down. 

Should that be the case and it becomes apparent that Dembele is Goodison Park-bound - though The Scottish Sun highlights that the Hoops want to keep the Frenchman for another season - it may perhaps be wise for the Bhoys to consider trying to get Oumar Niasse included as part of the deal.

Niasse has endured an extremely difficult time since joining the Toffees, being exiled from the first-team following Ronald Koeman's arrival and subsequently spending the latter half of last season out of loan with Hull City.

Therefore, it would not be a surprise if Everton were willing to cash in on the Senegal international, especially if it boosted their chances of winning the race for Dembele.

Celtic fans may not be particularly inspired about the prospect of Niasse replacing Dembele but Brendan Rodgers has shown on a number of occasions that he is able to get the very best out of players who are low on confidence - having, most notably, revived Scott Sinclair's career this past season.

Everton's new signing Oumar Niasse is presented to the fans before the gameEverton striker Oumar Niasse

And with Everton not seemingly having any plans for the forward, it may not be a surprise if they were willing to let him go for an extremely low fee, leaving Celtic with most of the Dembele fee to strengthen other areas of their squad.

It may not be the most exciting deal, but if Dembele's exit becomes inevitable - though that stage appears to be some way off currently - then giving Niasse the platform to prove himself may prove to be a very astute piece of business.

Celtic manager Brendan RodgersCeltic manager Brendan Rodgers

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