Social media trolls blocked £13.5m Everton signing from joining Galatasaray

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Former Galatasaray manager Hamza Hamzaoğlu revealed that the club was forced to pull out of trying to sign Oumar Niasse due to social media pressure.

“Social media played a major role in Galatasaray not signing Niasse. It was just after we signed Bilal Kısa which was trolled and when we tried to transfer Niasse soon afterwards the pressure was too much,” Hamzaoğlu was quoted as saying by Fanatik.

“It would have cause drama even thinking about what would have happened is stressful this is the drama we go through in Turkish football.”

The Lions had been closely linked with the 25-year-old striker during the Hamzaoglu era.

The current Bursaspor manager was largely credited with putting Niasse on the map during his time at Akhisar signing him for just £175,000.

The Senegal international became was highly rated during his time at Akhisar scoring 15 times and setup seven goals in 40 games.

Lokomotiv eventually snapped him up on a £3.85 million move in 2014 and Everton went onto sign the former Akhisar striker for £13.5 million last week – the third most expensive signing in the Toffees history.

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