Oumar Niasse joins Everton as Saido Berahino looks set for West Brom stay
Published 01/02/2016 | 14:46
Oumar Niasse sealed a £13.5million move to Everton but Saido Berahino appeared resigned to staying at West Brom as a largely underwhelming transfer deadline day limped towards its conclusion.
Toffees boss Roberto Martinez swooped to capture the 25-year-old Lokomotiv Moscow striker on a four-and-a-half-year deal after completing formalities at the club's Finch Farm training complex earlier in the day.
The Senegal international told evertontv: "It's a great day for me, a big dream to play in the Premier League and a big dream to play for Everton.
"Everton is one of the best teams in the Premier League and the Premier League is one of the best leagues in the world."
Niasse becomes the club's third most expensive signing after Romelu Lukaku (£28million) and Marouane Fellaini (£15million) and could make his debut in this weekend's Barclays Premier League match at Stoke.
The Toffees have loaned Aiden McGeady to Championship play-off hopefuls Sheffield Wednesday.
Meanwhile Berahino took to Twitter to apparently rule out the possibility of a deadline day move away from The Hawthorns.
Referencing his social media outburst in January when he was denied a late move to Tottenham, Berahino wrote: " Everyone waiting once again for the silly little spoilt boy to make same mistake so here you go. Goodnight all and thanks for the support."
Earlier, the Baggies had rejected a £21million bid from Newcastle and stressed there was no chance of Berahino being allowed to move before the end of the transfer window.
In one of the biggest potential deals still brewing, Stoke were closing in on £18million-rated Porto striker Giannelli Imbula.
The Potters are believed to have agreed a deal for the 23-year-old which will comfortably outstrip the £12million they spent to lure Xherdan Shaqiri from Inter Milan.
Boss Mark Hughes said at his press conference on Tuesday: "We are hopeful. It's fair to say it progressed significantly this morning. We hope at some point we will be able to announce a big signing for us."
Despite seemingly missing out on Berahino, Newcastle continued to reinforce their squad with the loan signing of Seydou Doumbia from Roma until the end of the season.
The Magpies had already spent nearly £29million on Andros Townsend, Jonjo Shelvey and Henri Saivet before deadline day arrived.
Meanwhile, Ayoze Perez has committed his future to Newcastle by signing a new five-and-a-half-year contract which ties him to St James' Park until the summer of 2021.
Also in the north-east, Middlesbrough bolstered their Championship promotion push by signing Scotland striker Jordan Rhodes from Blackburn on a four and a half year deal, as well as bringing in defender Ritchie de Laet on loan from Leicester.
Boro's promotion rivals Hull also strengthened their squad as they landed Manchester United midfielder Nick Powell on loan from Old Trafford, and Dusan Kuciak from Legia Warsaw for an undisclosed fee.
Arsene Wenger released Mathieu Debuchy and Yaya Sanogo on loan to Bordeaux and Charlton respectively, while across north London Tottenham have sent Alex Pritchard on loan to West Brom.
Spurs defender Federico Fazio has joined his old club Sevilla on loan while Serbia Under-21 midfielder Milos Veljkovic has moved to Werder Bremen on a permanent deal.
Watford have paid in the region of £8million to lure 23-year-old midfielder Abdoulaye Doucoure from French club Rennes - and immediately sent him to La Liga Granada on loan.
The Hornets have also signed Venezuelan forward Adalberto Penaranda, who will also stay on loan at Granada until the end of the season.
Swansea have brought in Leroy Fer on loan from QPR and loaned Eder to Lille for the rest of the season, while Bournemouth have re-signed Welsh left-back Rhoys Wiggins from Sheffield Wednesday.
Despite rumours of a move for Charles N'Zogbia, Sunderland's only activity on deadline day appeared to be the loaning of midfielder Jordi Gomez to Blackburn and striker Steven Fletcher to Marseille for the rest of the season.