Everton complete deadline deal for forward Oumar Niasse

SoccerBy Colm Hayes
Niasse scoring for Lokomotiv Moscow
Niasse scoring for Lokomotiv Moscow

The Merseyside club have forked out £13.5million for Senegalese attacker Oumar Niasse.

The Senegal international has scored 13 goals this season in 23 appearances for now former club Lokomotiv Moscow, including eight Russian Premier League strikes and four goals in the Europa League

Niasse told the club website: "It’s a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton.

"Everton is one of the best teams in the Premier League and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world."

Niasse, the Russian Premier League's player of the year in 2015, becomes the club's third most expensive signing after Romelu Lukaku (£28million) and Marouane Fellaini (£15million) and is expected to have the necessary visa clearance in order to be eligible for this weekend's Premier League match away to Stoke.

Russian football journalist Artur Petrosyan has said that Niasse’s injury record is second to none, which will be music to the ears of Everton fans.

He has also advised on the correct pronunciation of the striker’s name, which could cause some interesting Premier League soundbites during the rest of the season.

This transfer may alert Manchester United, who are yet to sign a player in the January transfer window but who were linked with Toffees striker Lukaku earlier in the month.

Louis van Gaal is said to be searching for a solution to United's problems in front of goal this season, with a move for Watford's Odion Ighalo also reportedly being considered.

Despite Niasse not playing a competitive fixture since December 10 due to Russia's winter break, Roberto Martinez believes he will not need long to make an impact.

"He'll need a little bit of time to understand the Premier League, with the tempo and all the new aspects of the league," the Toffees boss said.

"But I wouldn't expect too long because he is the type of player who can have an impact in any game.

"He's got a really good physicality - he is very strong and powerful - and it's not just scoring goals, he penetrates and opens up teams in the final third which allows others to benefit from his work as well."

"We moved a couple of players on and the freshness Oumar Niasse brings is going to be very positive going forward."

One such player was Ireland international Aiden McGeady, who sealed a loan switch to Championship side Sheffield Wednesday.