Ever since it was announced that Niels Nkounkou would be going to AS Saint-Etienne on loan from Everton, we have been keeping an eye on how he’s done.

If you haven’t been following, the left-back has performed admirably well, even earning the club’s player of the month award for March.

There has been talk of the Ligue 2 club potentially making the deal permanent, and Everton being open to a move, and in France now reveal something very surprising.

Prior to Wednesday, there has been no mention of a clause in the deal struck with Saint-Etienne about an option to buy, but the website now state there is one.

Looking at how the player has done recently, they point out that with five assists in 11 games, he’s already the 4th best in the category in Ligue 2 despite arriving in January.

From those 11 games, six have been wins, five draws and two losses, meaning the form has improved drastically since his arrival from Everton.

And despite him being under contract at Goodison Park until 2024, it’s said Saint-Etienne have ‘slipped a purchase option’ in the deal, therefore allowing him ‘to continue down his left side’ once the season ends.

Something to keep an eye on, because that could be a game changer when it comes to the player’s future.