According to a claim in the Turkish media, Galatasaray were close to signing Everton’s Oumar Niasse in the last transfer window after they ‘shook hands’ with the forward.

Since arriving at Goodson Park, the Senegal international has been constantly linked with a return to Turkey and it’s reported Galatasaray are still hopeful they can eventually land the player.

Fanatik today report the Turkish giants held positive talks with Everton in the summer with regards to taking Niasse on loan. With last season’s top scorer Bafétimbi Gomis heading to Saudi Arabia the Istanbul club were keen to replace the Frenchman with Niasse.

However, they couldn’t get a deal done with Everton before the transfer deadline, despite agreeing in principle with the centre forward.

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It is expected Galatasaray will go back in for Niasse after tracking the player in recent years. Their manager Faith Terim is said to be a long term admirer of the Everton player and with his contract expiring in June 2020, they could test the Toffees’ resolve in the coming transfer windows.

Niasse has yet to start a Premier League game this season but has got minutes under Marco Silva.