Oumar Niasse: 6 things English fans should know about the Premier League target

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Remember the name Oumar Niasse, because he could be heading to a Premier League club near you very soon.

Having racked up 12 goals and 10 assists in 21 games for Lokomotiv Moscow already this season, the 25-year-old Senegalese forward is being linked with a big money move to the English top-flight.

According to a report from the Guardian, Tottenham, Chelsea and Manchester United have all scouted Niasse with a view to a move that could attract a fee in the region of £15 million.


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But what do fans of United, the Blues and Spurs know about the hottest property in African football at the moment? Here are six things to start them off.

1. He's picked up a lot of experience already

Though only 25, Niasse is already well travelled, having spent time in Norway (Brann), Turkey (Akhisar Belediyespor) and Russia (Lokomotiv Moscow) within the space of three and a half years.

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2. He came close to signing with a French giant

Having impressed during a brief loan spell with Brann, the Senegal international found himself the subject of some interest from Ligue 1 side St Etienne.

However, despite impressing on trial with the French side, Niasse turned down the contract offer from the club.

3. He knows how to score against the big boys

Though he’s currently catching the eye with Lokomotiv Moscow in Russia, the 25-year-old’s most impressive displays came in Turkey with Akhisar Belediyespor.

Niasse scored 15 goals in 40 outings for his former Turkish employers, with his most memorable display coming in a 2-1 victory over Galatasaray that saw the African attacker score both goals for the hosts.

4. He made a Jamie Vardy-esque start to the season

The 25-year-old enjoyed a blistering start to the current campaign with Lokomotiv, scoring eight goals in his first 10 competitive games for the Moscow side this term.

5. He's delivered in the big games

Already a favourite with the Lokomotiv Moscow fans, Niasse’s finest hour for the club came in the 2015 Russian Cup final, after the Senegalese striker netted a crucial equaliser against Kuban Krasnodar to take the game to extra time. Lokomotiv went on to win 3-1 with two goals in extra time.

6. Just don't put him on penalty duty

Despite being on the pitch for three separate penalty shootouts with Lokomotiv Moscow - two in the Russian Cup and another in the Russian Super Cup - Niasse has so far opted against taking a high-pressured spot kick with his teammates instead taking on the responsibility.

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