The striker cobbled together just 142 minutes in the Premier League despite that price tag, failing to score a single goal, but has scored 7 goals in 5 appearances for the Toffees’ PL2 side this season.
Despite being reported yesterday that a deal had been done between the two clubs, suggestions are the move was finally agreed Tuesday, with the Tigers likely to unveil their new striker in time to be included in Marco Silva’s squad for their next Premier League game on Saturday at home to Bournemouth.
Hull’s strike corps has fumbled its way through the Premier League season, with Adama Diomande, Abel Hernandez — who’s been hurt long-term — and Dieumerci Mbokani chipping in for just three goals.
Niasse scored 8 goals in 15 appearances for Lokomotiv before his midseason move to Everton last season and has three goals in eight caps for Senegal.
Hull had similar problems in the 2013-14 campaign, leading to purchases of Shane Long and Nikica Jelavic. The Tigers finished 16th and avoided relegation.
The Brazilian forward, 26, will provide Guus Hiddink with some much-needed depth up top and it will also provide him with a chance to prove plenty of his doubters in Europe wrong. According to separate reports the attacker who burst onto the scene with AC Milan as a youngster is also taking a pay cut to join Chelsea on a three-year deal. Pato will bolster Chelsea’s significant Brazilian contingent while also providing cover both out wide and up top as Radamel Falcao remains out injured and his loan spell could be ended if Pato arrives.
During his loan spell at Sao Paolo over the past two years Pato has scored 38 goals in 95 appearances. Not too shabby.
West Ham manager Slaven Bilic has played down reports linking Liverpool striker Daniel Sturridge, 26, with a move to Upton Park in January: “That is only a rumor and there is nothing behind it,” Bilic said. “I am not talking about who we want – Daniel Sturridge is a big player and a big name – but that is only paper talk.” Sturridge has suffered multiple injuries over the past 18 months and has only featured in three games since Jurgen Klopp took over at Anfield in October, with the England international breaking down multiple times during training.
Bilic did confirm that Nikica Jelavic (who scored at Newcaste United last weekend) is available to leave, while Mauro Zarate is also close to moving to Fiorentina on a permanent deal. The Daily Telegraph believes Emmanuel Emenike could arrive on loan from Fenerbahce.
The Sun claims that Nemanja Vidic, 34, is in talks with Aston Villa about a deal until the end of the season. The veteran Serbian defender has had his contract canceled at Inter Milan and is a free agent. He won five Premier League titles and a UEFA Champions League during his time with United and the powerful center back would certainly bolster Villa’s defense in their battle against relegation. However, can you really see him getting stuck in to a scrap against the drop when he’s been so used to challenging for trophies for so long?
Wales Online believes Swansea City have been in touch with Liverpool about re-signing midfielder Joe Allen and have been told to come back in the summer. The 25-year-old Welsh international came up through the ranks at Swansea and played throughout their rise from the third-tier to the Premier League. Allen joined former boss Brendan Rodgers at Anfield in 2012 in a $22 million deal but has been restricted to appearances in most of the cup competitions under Klopp. With the Swans battling against relegation, they hope they’ll still be a PL club if they decide to go back in for Allen in the summer.
Sergio Aguero scored a pair of goals, Fabian Delph ripped in another and David Silva capped off the scoring as Manchester City briefly took the Premier League lead with a demolition of the visiting Eagles, who are dealing with a run of five games without a win.
Plenty of excitement for a 1-1, as the desperate Villans certainly aren’t quitting despite their plight nine points back of Premier League safety. As for the Foxes, their lack of finish is a fresh-enough problem, but kept them from taking more than a one-point lead atop the table.
Speaking of wasteful, Newcastle United absolutely pounded West Ham United for 45 minutes, only to have to hold on for dear life when Nikica Jelavic took advantage of a poor back pass from an under-pressure Chancel Mbemba. Still, the Magpies are out of the drop zone depending on whether Swansea beats Watford on Monday.
For every bit of bad luck Chelsea’s suffered this year, they picked up a point in truly astounding fashion on Saturday. After Ramiro Funes Mori seemingly put Chelsea to bed with a late goal to make it 3-2, John Terry made amends for his own goal when — well offside — he scored in the eighth of seven minutes of stoppage time.
Tony Pulis‘ Baggies won’t like the stat line that reads “Shots on target: 0” after Southampton thoroughly outclassed the visitors to St. Mary’s on Saturday. James Ward-Prowse scored a thrilling free kick, then added a penalty kick before Dusan Tadic salted it away.
This six-pointer between newly-promoted clubs is firmly in the Cherries’ pockets. Alex Neil won’t be happy with his Canaries, who drop below Bournemouth and sit just four points clear of the relegation zone.
Newcastle United roared out of the gates, with Wijnaldum tripping on one prime opportunity and Perez denied on another. But it was still early when Perez broke through. Shelvey hit an incisive pass to Wijnaldum, who laid it off for Perez to first touch around Adrian from outside the 18.
Fabricio Coloccini made a prime break-up of a searching cross through the six, as West Ham helped the first 15 minutes be as lively as you’d like.
But it was Wijnaldum who would convert off another Shelvey-started play. Daryl Janmaat scooped up Shelvey’s big diagonal ball on the right, and beat Aaron Cresswell to send a cross towards the six that Wijnaldum belted past Adrian. 2-0.
Believe it or not, it should’ve been for West Ham. They looked jumbled at the back, and Newcastle mistouched numerous golden opportunities to keep the Irons in the match.
West Ham pulled one back just after halftime, and moments after Newcastle failed to convert yet another chance. Jelavic pounced on a Chancel Mbemba back pass, and pushed the ball around Rob Elliot before converting from a tight angle. Game on, 2-1.
A snake-bit Mitrovic was teed up for 5-6 brilliant chances as the lone striker, but either missed the goal or was stopped by Adrian.
The game remained in play, and Elliot made a huge point-blank save in the 89th minute to keep three points in St. James Park.
The good news for West Ham United is that Andy Carroll will be back this year, and did not get hurt after the transfer window had closed.
That’s about it, though, as Hammers manager Slaven Bilic is left to rue another injury to Big Andy, the giant aerial striker. This time it’s his hamstring, an injury that forced him out of Tuesday’s 3-1 win at Bournemouth.
Carroll is likely to miss four to six weeks – but club medics will take a cautious approach to his recovery meaning he may not be ready to return until the end of March.
The uncertain timetable for Carroll, who has been injured time and again, throws the Hammers’ January into flux. They are without Diafra Sakho due to injury, but had Carroll for cover if they were to sell Nikica Jelavic or Mauro Zarate.
Convince Zarate that staying is the play or look elsewhere?