Could Crystal Palace offer Oumar Niasse an Everton escape after reportedly targeting him in 2017?

Crystal Palace Manager Roy Hodgson looks on prior to the Premier League match between Crystal Palace and Wolverhampton Wanderers at Selhurst Park on October 6, 2018 in London, United...

Everton striker Oumar Niasse reportedly came close to joining Premier League rivals Crystal Palace in the summer of 2017.

Oumar Niasse of Everton arrives at the stadium prior to the Premier League match between Everton and Southampton at Goodison Park on May 5, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

Oumar Niasse came so close to joining Crystal Palace in 2017.

According to The Times, the Everton striker underwent a medical at Selhurst Park on transfer deadline day only for his £7 million transfer to fall apart at the 11th hour due to the demands of his representatives.

A year and a half on, however, the deal should perhaps be revisited.

 

After all, Niasse is completely out of favour at Goodison Park right now. The Senegal international has played just 48 minutes of Premier League football since Marco Silva took over at Everton and Turkish Football reports that he will be allowed to leave in January.

And this should not go unnoticed by Crystal Palace.

Oumar Niasse of Everton scores his sides first goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Watford at Goodison Park on November 5, 2017 in Liverpool, England.

Like in August 2017, a new centre-forward is still needed with Christian Benteke bang out of form, Connor Wickham still injured and Aleksandar Sorloth yet to score a Premier League goal since his £9 million January arrival.

And while Niasse, who moved to Everton from Lokomotiv Moscow for £13 million, is not a natural goalscorer, he still boasted eight strikes in 10 Premier League games last season.

Signing a player like him could be the difference between staying up and going down.

Oumar Niasse of Everton scores his side's second goal during the Premier League match between Everton and Crystal Palace at Goodison Park on February 10, 2018 in Liverpool, England.

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