Everton are in the market for at least one new striker this summer, but they're set to lose one in Bassala Sambou.
In 2016, Everton raided Coventry City to sign Sambou, with the young German touted as one for the future, and Steve Walsh was impressed enough to sign him.
Sambou sadly never made the grade at Goodison Park, as he failed to make even one appearance for the Toffees first team.
Last season, the 21-year-old hit 11 goals in all competitions, and that was enough to spark interest in his signature.
The Liverpool Echo noted that teams in England, Germany and the Netherlands were interested in Sambou, who rejected a new deal with Everton.
His contract officially ended on June 30th, and he has now taken to Twitter in order to confirm that he is indeed moving on, thanking the club for the last three years.
Thank you @everton for an amazing three years. Two Premier League 2 titles , made amazing friends and great memories that I will never forget.— Bass Sambou. (@bsambou1) July 22, 2019
Now time for the next chapter ! #coyb @ Everton Goodison Park FC https://t.co/6SfaUWmBKK
Everton fans responded to Sambou, with many wishing him good luck, and others wishing that he'd been given a chance in the first team after scoring regularly for their Under-23's.
Intriguingly though, he was also sent messages by fans of Fortuna Sittard in the Netherlands, as Limburger report that Sambou is a target for them – and their supporters believe that Sambou's tweet means he's another step closer to joining them.
perhaps?— Robert Smeets (@Plien112) July 22, 2019
Welcome in Zitterd— Maurice (@Maurice7778) July 22, 2019
Are you going to Sittard ? You are welcome— roger (@laban67) July 22, 2019
Welcome at Fortuna Sittard!— Ivo Kersten (@IvanhoooFSC) July 22, 2019
Good luck lad it's a true shame we need a striker #NSNO— David Hughes (@daveblueallover) July 22, 2019
Deserved a chance in the first team last season, good luck bro!— LIAM (@LHenney06) July 22, 2019
Best of luck pal, worlds your oyster.— Jack. (@DogmaticDavies) July 22, 2019
Best of luck, lad. Hoped you would make it to first team, but ho hum.— Andy McFutzing (@AndyMeanie) July 22, 2019
Why didn't you stay m8? Top scorer in U23'S, did I miss something??— Maxy (@MaxyMj3669) July 22, 2019
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