Late Monday night brought reports from Italy that Newcastle United have had a bid for M’Baye Niang rejected.

Signed for £2.5m from French club Caen as a seventeen year old, on Saturday we reported that Niang had been targeted by Torino, Olympiakos and Udinese as well as Newcastle, all four looking to loan the player.

M’Baye-Niang-AC-Milan-nufc-600x410Now the Italian media have said that AC Milan have rejected Newcastle’s offer because they weren’t prepared to pay the loan fee the Italian club have placed on his head.

Niang spent the second half of last season out on loan at Montpellier and it is claimed that AC Milan would prefer a clean break and sell the striker, with a fee of around £4m likely to land him.

However, the next preferred option is that they are prepared to loan the forward out, if somebody will pay the loan fee.

The twenty year old French Under 21 international has struggled for pitch time at AC Milan and has only played 24 minutes of Seria A action in three brief substitute appearances this season.

M’Baye Niang scored four goals in seventeen starts for Montpellier in that loan spell but has only scored once for Milan in a cup game, though that is from very limited opportunities.

Newcastle were linked with the striker before he left Caen, plus he was reported to be an option for a loan to Tynesideback in summer 2013 before Loic Remy arrived.

Niang’s ‘fame’ is more for his off the pitch activities up until now, particularly for driving offences in both France and Italy, the latest saw him in a collision with a tree which led to an eighteen month suspended prison sentence in early 2014.