Promising French youngster M’Baye Niang faces an uncertain future as reports in Italy and England differ on where the Caen player will be playing his football this season.
The 17-year-old has been chased by a host of clubs this summer but now La Gazzetta dello Sport claim Niang is close to completing a loan move to AC Milan while numerous English papers believe Everton are on the verge of agreeing a £2.3 million deal. The Mirror, Metro, the Daily Mail and Sky Sports think David Moyes has won the race for the in demand striker’s signature.
It’s been a busy summer for the French U21 who has been on trial at Everton and Milan as well as Arsenal who he is believed to have been keen join. However, money, as always, would appear to be the deciding factor should Niang head to Merseyside.
Caen, resigned to losing their prospect, are determined to secure as lucrative deal as possible. Yet, Arsene Wenger failed to meet their demands and after some coercion from his father Niang is now happy to join the Toffees.
Despite Milan’s loan offer, the transfer seems heavily stacked in Everton’s favour though they may have to delay Niang’s welcoming until the end of the transfer window. But Moyes will hope he gets his man to round off what has been a good transfer window for the Premier League outfit.
He has already made three signings but the Everton boss has made clear his desire to bolster his options, believing the injury problems of previous seasons would be even more damaging to his small squad.
The Caen forward would certainly make it competition for forward places richer. But much like Steven Naismith and Kevin Mirallas, Niang is a forward who comfortable when playing through the middle but also out wide. His versatility will be a big plus for Moyes who has indicated that the fact his attacking options are comfortable in a number of positions will be important this season.
As with Mirallas, Moyes will be delighted to have beaten off interest from bigger clubs to secure the signature of one of the most highly rated young players in Europe.
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