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Striker Niasse in £13.5 million move to Everton

Oumar Niasse in a £13.5 million move to Everton Credit: EFC

Oumar Niasse has completed a £13.5million move to Everton from Russian Premier League side Lokomotiv Moscow.

The highly-rated 25-year-old Senegal striker agreed a four-and-a-half year deal with the Club.

He has speed and strength, and an impressive goalscoring record. He was Russia Premier League Player of the Year in 2015.

He is expected to have visa clearance and therefore be eligible for this weekend’s game at Stoke.

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It’s a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton.

“I know Everton is one of the big clubs here in England with history, the fans and the great players, so I’m very excited and happy to be here.

“I started to watch Everton more since the beginning of October because I had heard about their interest.

“I was interested to see how they play and how they have good young players. If you see players who are aged 20 or 21 and see them perform like that, you know you have a good coach.

“The manager has said exactly what he wants. He believes I can be a player who can add something to the team. It was not difficult to talk and understand one another. You can see also that he is a good person and I am really looking forward to playing for my new team.”

– Oumar Niasse

He is the right personality. He has had a lot of success in Russia and he brings a different quality to what we already have in our squad.

“He brings a real hunger and desire to be successful into what is already a strong squad.”

– Manager Roberto Martinez

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Martinez says he wont let his key men leave Goodison

Everton manager Roberto Martinez is adamant none of his key players will be allowed to leave this month, despite new speculation about the futures of Romelu Lukaku, Ross Barkley and John Stones.

Lukaku, their 19-goal top scorer, is set to make his 100th start for the club in Sunday's visit of Swansea but there were claims this week the Toffees had put a #65million price tag on his head.

EVERTON MANAGER ROBERTO MARTINEZ: NO COMMENT ON ROMELU LUKAKU SALE CLAIMS

Romelu Lukaku Credit: PA Images

Everton boss won't tackle Lukaku agent over claimsLukaku's agent claims Everton will sell for the right price. Credit: PAEverton boss Roberto Martinez declined to comment on claims from Romelu Lukaku's agent that the Toffees would sell the striker if the right offer came in.

Mino Raiola reportedly told a French radio station they had been given Martinez's blessing amid rumours of interest from Paris St Germain.

But the Spaniard was unwilling to go into the issue, saying:

"I'm not here to try to do the job of agent. I'm not going to entertain any sort of rumours and speculation. I have to do that during the transfer window, against my wishes, so as you can understand I'm quite happy now not to go into any comments."

"With Romelu, it has been a joy to see him growing and developing from a very young age. He's had a very important role with us and now I feel he's in the perfect moment to kick on and even take more responsibility on the pitch."

"All that matters to everyone at Everton is Romelu can keep fulfilling that role, keep enjoying his football and being very important for the team."

– Everton manager Roberto Martinez

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Everton's Darron Gibson admits knocking over a group of cyclists while drunk at the wheel

Everton footballer Darren Gibson has been banned from driving after admitting crashing his sports car into a group of cyclists while over the limit.

Trafford magistrates heard how he fled the scene of the crash near Bowden last month before smashing into a petrol pump at a nearby filling station.

Ralph Blunsom reports:

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