Premiership clubs Birmingham, Everton and West Ham are all chasing Fenerbache striker Mamadou Niang, in a bid to bolster their squads for next season. Niang was a target of Liverpool and Arsenal during the January transfer window, and the Senegal international admitted that “it would be a great opportunity” to play for a club in the Premiership.
Sadly, for Mamadou, no bids were made to Fenerbache. Originally bought from Marseille for £6.9 million (or 8 million Euros) Niang has been in good form, scoring 10 goals in 15 games. He recently scored in Fener’s 2-0 win over Trabzonspur. At Marseille he was something of a cult figure, scoring over 100 goals in his five seasons there. It’s no surprise then, given how much all three clubs are in need of a striker that he’s being investigated.
Should any of them decide to take a punt on ‘El Toro’ as he’s known, they should take into account his advanced age (31), and also that he very publically made his move to Fenerbache happen by stating in French newspaper L’Equipe that he wanted to leave for a “sufficiently exciting challenge”. Everton would have the most need, given that Birmingham and West Ham managed to recruit strikers over January. The fact that Everton defender Joseph Yobo is a team-mate of Niang’s at Fenerbache, might also put them in with a chance of acquiring his talents.
Whilst Niang seems quite content at Fenerbache, his previous comments suggest that if an offer were made he’d relish the opportunity to play in the Premiership. Whilst not alot is known about him over here, the established international could be a part of either Moyes’, McCleish’s or Grant’s plans.
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