Time for the bench: Besiktas eyeing up a move for Everton flop Oumar Niasse

According to Fanatik, Besiktas are interested in signing Everton striker Oumar Niasse after the Turkish club’s former board member, Erdal Torunogullari, met with the forward at an event in London.

What’s the word, then?

Well, since arriving at Goodison Park from Lokomotiv Moscow in a £13.5m deal, Niasse has hardly set the world alight on Merseyside and the latest report suggests an imminent exit is on the cards.

The 28-year-old, currently on loan at Cardiff where he is yet to score, has only managed to find the back of the net nine times in 39 appearances for the Toffees.

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He is expected to be moved on this summer having found chances hard to come by under Marco Silva this season, and Turkish giants Besiktas are keen to secure his signature.

His time with the Toffees has largely seem him labelled as a laughing stock and a player who isn’t good enough to make the grade in the blue of Everton.

Everton set to sign a striker?

With just Dominic Calvert-Lewin and Cenk Tosun as recognised strikers at the club, and out-on-loan forward Henry Onyekuru yet to secure a work permit, Everton should surely be in the market for another central attacker this summer – especially if Niasse leaves.

Calvert-Lewin, despite some good performances and all-round centre-forward play, has only scored six league goals, whilst Tosun has mustered up just a mere third of that tally.

In that respect, Marcel Brands and Marco Silva should be targeting someone of a much higher pedigree, and someone who can find the net much more regularly that the aforementioned pair have.

If, or when, that player comes in, Calvert-Lewin may well find himself in Niasse’s shoes as a back-up, which is only fair given his poor goal return this season.

As mentioned, most of us expect the Toffees to secure a first-choice striker this season, resigning Calvert-Lewin to the bench in doing so.

However, Brands must ensure that he gets to work in finding one, and the 22-year-old academy graduate should focus on learning from that individual during his time on the bench.