Cardiff City have confirmed the signing of out of favour Everton striker Oumar Niasse on loan until the end of the season.
The Telegraph write that Everton’s Phil Jagielka, a former player of Bluebirds boss Neil Warnock, played a role in getting the deal over the line.
Niasse has failed to make an impact at Goodison Park this season, with all of his five Premier League appearances coming from the substitutes bench.
The 28-year old moved to Merseyside this time three years ago in a £14m deal from Lokomotiv Moscow but has never fully established himself as a first-team player.
Despite that, his eight Premier League goals last term prove that he can find the back of the net at this level should he be given the chance to perform.
On the deal and role of Jagielka, Warnock said:
I’m relieved because I thought it was done yesterday. It has been a little bit unrestful this morning, something I could have done without. But it’s nice to know that he’s available for selection [at Newcastle]. Now it’s all sorted out I can just concentrate on the game. Jagielka said he’d be my type of player and do well for us. When I look at the squad there’s not many players on loan who are like Niasse. I wanted [Nathaniel] Clyne but that meant I wouldn’t have been able to get Niasse because of the loan rules. So it could be fate and now he’s got this opportunity to put himself in the shop window.
Niasse will rival Callum Paterson and Bobby Reid for a starting spot up top, with the Bluebirds also hopeful of completing a club record £15m deal for Emiliano Sala.