Newcastle United have had an offer for striker M’Baye Niang turned down according to reports in Italy.

The (now) 20 year old has been linked with Newcastle since summer 2013 and over in Italy, Calciomercato have now reported that United had an offer of 6.7m euros (approx £4.8m) knocked back by AC Milan.

The Niang offer was rejected by the Italian club shortly before Aleksandar Mitrovic agreed to join Newcastle but it isn’t clear whether the Serbian signing on at St James Park will prevent United going back with an improved offer. The French Under 21 international is clearly in the right age bracket for United and speculation persists that Papiss Cisse could be sold if the right offer comes in.

The last reported link with the player was in the January transfer window when Newcastle were badly struggling for goals. United were said to have had a loan bid for M’Baye Niang rejected after they refused to pay the level of loan fee that would have secured the twenty year old striker for the second half of last season.

Instead he went to Genoa and got rave reviews with five goals in only 12 Serie A starts, helping his loan club to finish 6th, ironically four places ahead of AC Milan.

Back in January, Gazzetta dello Sport confirmed that Niang’s agent had met with AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, with the agent saying that his first preference was to stay at Milan but if he wasn’t going to get matches, M’Baye Niang’s preference of the clubs showing interest was to go to Newcastle. The striker ending up at Genoa as Newcastle refused to match the loan fee demanded.

The French Under 21 international has struggled for pitch time at AC Milan and only started one Serie A match last season before heading off to Genoa.

Niang spent the second half of the previous season out on loan at Montpellier where he scored four goals in 17 Ligue 1 starts.

A versatile player, M’Baye Niang can also play out wide or as an attacking midfielder.

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.