There was some good news in Italy on Tuesday, that Newcastle were strongly interested in top French U21 forward Mbaye Niang, and the report in Gazzetta dello Sport said that Newcastle were trying to get the 18 year-old on loan to Newcastle for next season.
Mbaye Niang – 18 year-old French forward
Mbaye Niang signed for AC Milan only last summer from French club Caen, and he is one of the best young French players coming through.
And we assume if Newcastle can get Loic Remy or Bafetimbi Gomis through the door, this lad could be brought in and developed at Newcastle on a season long loan deal, with an option to buy him outright next summer.
But there are a number of clubs interested in the youngster, and news in Gazzetta dello Sport today, that Genoa are talking to AC Milan about a loan deal and the lad could stay in Italy for next season.
Daniele Delli Carri is the Sporting Director at Genoa, and in an equivalent position to Joe Kinnear at Newcastle, and this is what he told Gazzetta dello Sport:
“We’ve been following him for the last month.” “If Milan decide to release him on loan then we would be interested in taking him on.”
Newcastle were credited with a strong interest in the player on Tuesday, but other Italian clubs Fiorentina and Sampdoria are also following developments.
It seems to us this is a much more difficult deal for Newcastle to bring off than the two we are trying to complete for Bafetimbi Gomis and Loic Remy, and not much chance of success.
But this lad also looks a top player in the making, and while at Caen until he was 17 year old, Mbaye Niang played 30 times with 5 goals for the French club.
What do you think?
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