Hull City have reportedly agreed to sign Everton forward Oumar Niasse on an initial loan deal until the end of the 2016-17 season.
The deal is thought to include an opportunity to sign him for £10 million should he impress for the Tigers.
The Guardian’s Ed Aarons broke the latest on the deal, confirming that the club is set to pay 100% of the striker’s wages.
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Niasse, who joined Everton for a fee of £13.5 million last January, has made just made two appearances for the Toffees and is yet to score. The 26-year-old was brought to Goodison Park by former manager Roberto Martinez, who was sacked by the club in May.
Before making the big-money move to Merseyside last year, the forward played for Russian club Lokomotiv Moscow, making 28 appearances at the club, scoring 12 goals.
Current Blues manager Ronald Koeman has made it clear that Niasse was not part of his first-team plans and that the Senegalese forward would not feature in Everton’s 2016-17 campaign.
His former squad number of 14 was given to Yannick Bolasie when he signed in the summer, moving Niasse down to number 24, and he has spent the majority of the season playing with the Under-23s squad.
Hull are desperately needing to improve their striker options following a season of injuries and suspensions. Abel Hernandez has only just returned from a two-month injury lay-off, while Dieumerci Mbokani is spending the majority of January at the African Cup of Nations.
Summer signing Will Keane is set to be out for a number of months after sustaining a serious injury against Southampton in November. Just six goals have been scored by strikers Hernandez and Adama Diomande so far this season.
If Niasse arrives at the KCOM Stadium he would become the second signing of the winter following the confirmation of a permanent deal for Markus Henriksen from AZ.