Leeds United are not interested in a loan move for Everton striker Oumar Niasse, MOT Leeds News can reveal.
Football Insider had reported that Everton are keen to loan out the 29-year-old, who has fallen down the pecking order at Goodison.
Niasse has only played one minute of Premier League football this season, dropping down to play twice in the EFL Trophy where he’s scored two goals for the reserves.
So, he’s available, but a source close to Leeds has told MOT Leeds News that the club isn’t interested in the striker and will continue to pursue other targets.
Che Adams was the number one target but a deal for the Southampton man is looking increasingly unlikely, with Ralph Hasenhuttl wanting to hold onto a player he’s been using in recent weeks.
Leeds have also reportedly been offered Andre Gray on loan but for an overall deal that would cost Leeds over £3.5m in fee and wages.
MOT Leeds verdict
It seemingly leaves Leeds nowhere nearer replacing Eddie Nketiah but even given this we’re glad that Niasse isn’t being considered.
Marcelo Bielsa talked extensively in his Thursday press conference about the difficulties of bringing in a striker in January and warned against bringing in a player who hasn’t played much football this season.
Beyond that, Leeds need a striker that can fit into the Bielsa system. Nketiah never really worked at Leeds and Niasse is arguably just an older, slower version of the Arsenal man.
Niasse is a goal poacher and he hasn’t delivered anywhere since his £16m move from Lokomotiv Moscow in 2016.
In fact, we’d struggle to think of a big-name striker we’d like to see less at Elland Road.
For Leeds, the search goes on.
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