Newcastle had a loan bit for AC Milan winger M’Baye Niang turned down three days ago, but it was assumed that discussions with Newcastle would continue with the possibility of Newcastle making the deal permanent this month.
M’Baye Niang – prefers Newcastle if he cannot stay at Milan
Niang’s three year contract at the Italian club runs out in June, and it’s thought that Milan may want to get a fee for him by selling him in January, rather than losing him in the summer.
However, Milan will still get some compensation for him if he leaves in the summer, because he is under 24 and he joined the Italian club when he was 17 from Caen.
Gazzetta dello Sport are reporting today that his agent says the 20 year-old’s first preference is to get a contract extension at Milan, but if that is not possible his next choice would be to move to Newcastle United.
Other clubs said to be interested in the winger include Olympiakos, Torino and Udinese.
The Frenchman went out on loan to Montpellier last January and scored 5 goals in 22 total appearances for the French club.
Milan have two ways to go – loan out the player until the end of the season and then decide in the summer whether to give him a new deal sell him.
The other option they have this month is to sell him, and that’s thought to be their preference – at least according to the Italian press.
So if Newcastle are really keen on Niang, who we were linked with when he was 17 years-old at Caen – then hopefully we will make a bid for him.
Maybe that’s exactly what’s happening now?
What do you think?
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