On Monday night reports in Italy stated that Newcastle United had seen a bid for M’Baye Niang rejected after Unted refused to pay the level of loan fee that would secure the twenty year old striker for the rest of the season.
However, the deal may not be dead yet as Niang has turned down the chance of moving elsewhere in Italy to Udinese.
Furthermore, Gazzetta dello Sport have today confirmed that Niang’s agent met with AC Milan Vice-President Adriano Galliani, with his agent saying that his first preference is to stay at Milan but if he isn’t going to get matches, M’Baye Niang’s preference of the clubs showing interest is to go to Newcastle.
The 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.
Signed for £2.5m from French club Caen as a seventeen year old, the forward had been targeted by Torino, Olympiakos and Udinese as well as Newcastle, all four looking to loan the player.
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.
M’Baye Niang scored four goals in seventeen starts for Montpellier in that loan spell but has only scored once in his Milan career 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.