Chelsea, Man Utd & Spurs interested in $22m Lokomotiv star Oumar Niasse
In-form Lokomotiv Moscow striker Oumar Niasse looks set to leave Russian football this January, with a host of top Premier League sides eyeing him up in a $22-million deal.
Manchester United, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all in the market for a new striker during this window and have reportedly been scouting the Senegal international over the course of 2015.
Niasse has been a key reason for Lokomotiv’s improved 2015-16 season, with the capital city side sitting in third place in the Russian Premier League after 18 games.
In 21 games in all competitions this season, the 25-year-old has scored 12 goals and made 10 assists.
His stellar performances have led to Niasse being named as the Russian Premier League’s player of 2015, despite Lokomotiv finishing seventh last season.
It is believed that both Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen have had offers for the African striker rejected over recent months, while a tussle for his signature looks set to ensue.
Niasse has his heart set on a move to England, as his wife currently lives in Manchester.
The four-times capped Senegal international earned a $6-million move to Lokomotiv in the summer of 2014 after excelling for Turkish side Akhisar Belediyespor, where he scored 15 goals in a solitary campaign.
There is a case to suggest that all three afore-mentioned Premier League sides could use Niasse in their squads.
United have put in some abject attacking displays this season and need competition in the striker berth, with their current over-reliance on Anthony Martial.
Tottenham have no out-and-out striker back-up for offensive talisman Harry Kane and have been heavily linked with making attacking reinforcements this month.
There are question marks over the futures of both Radamel Falcao and Loic Remy at Stamford Bridge, with Chelsea also eager to add an alternative option to Diego Costa up front.
Other reports have also linked Everton, Newcastle United and Aston Villa to Niasse, who seemingly looks set to make a move to England sooner rather than later.