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West Ham have been linked with a move for AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang this month, and they’ve been handed a potential boost in their pursuit.
According to Sky Sports who cite their Italian colleagues, West Ham, Everton and Crystal Palace all want to bring the Frenchman to the Premier League, while Genoa and Torino are also interested.
A former France U21 international, Niang was a highly-rated prospect at SC Caen prior to signing for AC Milan in a £2.5m deal in August 2012 but the 22-year-old has yet to really establish himself in the first-team at the San Siro.
Having been shipped out on half-season loans in each of the last two seasons to Montpellier and Genoa respectively, Niang could well be once again set to leave Milan in a January transfer window.
Milan manager Vincenzo Montella speaking to Milan TV (h/t the Mirror) has revealed that Niang could leave and that he is discussing it with the management.
“Niang might leave the club,” Montella told Milan TV. “He’s discussing it with the management. He won’t be called up for the game against Juve as I thought he would definitely have been distracted.”
Sky claim that Milan are asking for £13m to sell the striker but they would be open to sending him on a third loan in as many years with an option to buy in the summer.
Arsenal have also been linked with a move for Niang who they once had on a pre-season trial prior to him joining Milan.