Hull City have made a significant move in the January transfer window after they agreed a deal to bring Everton reject Oumar Niasse on loan, with a £10m option to buy.
The striker finalised terms with Hull on Tuesday afternoon and will become Marco Silva's first signing, after the Portuguese coach was appointed to replace sacked Mike Phelan, reported the Guardian.
The 26-year-old Senegal striker joined Everton in a £13.5m deal on transfer deadline day last February, but failed to make an impact under Roberto Martinez before being completely frozen out by the Spaniard's successor, Ronald Koeman, who stripped him of a first-team number and ordered him to train with the U23s.
Hull City have agreed to sign Everton striker Oumar Niasse on an initial loan deal. He costs them £13.5m last February. (Source: Sky Sports) pic.twitter.com/QK98u7saqt— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) January 9, 2017
Niasse failed to secure a summer move away from Goodison Park but has been playing regularly for the U23s, scoring seven goals in eight matches as he aimed to keep up his goalscoring touch in a bid to attract suitors.
That has worked, with the Tigers earmarking Niasse as a solution to their woes and will hope that he can take to his new surroundings quickly with the club currently in throes of a relegation battle, last winning a Premier League game on November 6.
The deal is a significant one for Hull, who have agreed to pay Niasse's £55,000-a-week wages in full until the end of the season, further increasing the pressure on both club and player.
Hull travel to Old Trafford to face Manchester United in the EFL Cup semi-final on Tuesday night, while Niasse may feature in the club's next Premier League game against Bournemouth on Saturday.