Arsenal Steal March On Newcastle For Frenchman

French Ligue Two side Caen have made a statement on their web-site that their much wanted 17 year-old young striker, Mbaye Niang, is going on trial at Arsenal, with their blessing.

Mbaye Niang – much sought after French 17 year-old

The 17-year-old has also been linked with top clubs Tottenham and Newcastle United, and there were reports, mainly in the French press, that Niang had gone to London for his trial without their prior permission.

A statement on Caen’s official website read as follows today:

“Contrary to what has been written on certain French and foreign websites, Mbaye Niang has left to have a trial at Arsenal with the agreement of President Jean-Francois Fortin and Technical Staff headed by Patrice Garande.”

“At this point, Caen has not received any offer from a club, either in France or abroad, for Mbaye Niang.”

The Normandy newspaper Ouest-France reported that the 17-year old would be travelling to London to spend a week on trial at Arsenal, and if the youngster impressed it could lead to a contract being offered to the Caen youngster.

The news is that Newcastle had already begun talks with the youngster, who was born in France of Senegal parents,  but it seems Arsenal will now have first shot at signing the young striker.

But you never know these days with Newcastle, who are always on the lookout for top young talent to bring to Tyneside.

That’s even more so this summer since the Magpies let nine of their top youngsters from the Development squad leave at the end of June, and they are looking to replenish their young squad.

We expect a number of top teenagers to be joining Newcastle before September 1st, and hope that Mbaye Niang is one of them.  The youngster principally plays as a striker, but can also play on either wing or as an attacking midfilder, and he has sublime skills.

The 6′ tall Niang has already played for the France U16 and U17 sides, and twice for the U21 side, and he’s played 30 times for the Caen first team with 5 goals, and he is certainly a top prospect in France, there’s little doubt about that.

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10 comments so far

  • Big Pappa Cisse

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:47 PM

    Comment #1

    Heartbroken……. NOT

  • MagpiesFlyHigh

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:52 PM

    Comment #2

    win some lose some…but do need to win some

  • Peter

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #3

    apparently this channel will play the game tomorrow but im not too sure, fingers crossed 🙂

  • Gateshead-Mag

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:53 PM

    Comment #4

    any1 watching bank of dave?? belter idea like, watch out barclays haha

  • geordie157

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #5

    This will be our Starting 11 vs Spurs, a little optimistic maybe but possible!

    Debuchy Colo Sakho Santon
    Cabaye Tiote
    Ben Arfa Marveaux Hoilett

  • Ben3arfa

    Jul 12, 2012 at 9:59 PM

    Comment #6

    i love some of the deals we’ve pulled of the last couple of offseason but the board really needs to be a little more willing to take that little step forward

    you cant always be a tightass, smetimes paying that million or so more may be worth it

    if we’ve failed to bring layers like mariappa who dont command a huge transfer fee how are we seriously gonna try to get the debuchys and anitas

  • Bruce Lee's Wataaah

    Jul 12, 2012 at 10:18 PM

    Comment #7

    Well Niang is class on Football Manager. Looking at the game, we should go for Carlos Fierro, Erick Torres, Kurt Zouma, Mateo Kova?i? and Marco Verratti haha. Then if they turn out to be as good as they are on the game, the Toon will be unstoppable in a few years time ha.

  • GeordieRooster

    Jul 12, 2012 at 11:56 PM

    Comment #8

    We need to sign Guidetti , just saying, and a few english rooster for the academy, we cant have an academy full of foreigners, plus if the kids turn out good there worth 3 times as much if there english.

  • VanCanToonFan

    Jul 13, 2012 at 1:08 AM

    Comment #9

    This will surely be a trial and nothing more – I can’t imagine Caen would let him go this young. He’ll be worth millions more in a couple years once he’s got significant first team minutes under his belt.

  • davis_toons

    Jul 13, 2012 at 5:39 PM

    Comment #10

    …Wenger will take him. They are so short of it now…we have to look elsewhere unless he is a must have.


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