By Matt Bullin
Arsenal are ready to hijack Everton’s move to sign AC Milan ace M’Baye Niang, according to a report.
Italian media outlet TuttoMercatoWeb claims Gunners manager Arsene Wenger is looking to strengthen his squad this summer and he has identified the 22-year-old forward as a possible target.
This comes after CalcioMercato reported that Everton chiefs had travelled to Italy to discuss a potential move for Niang with AC Milan.
The 22-year-old spent the latter half of last season on loan from Milan at Watford, but he failed to impress.
He only scored two goals in 16 Premier League outings, although he did provide two assists as well.
The Frenchman signed for Milan from French outfit SM Caen in the summer of 2012, and he has since made 77 appearances in all competitions for the club, which have yielded 12 goals and 10 assists.
Niang has been capped by France Under-21s on three occasions, but he has not featured since the 5-3 European Under-21s Championship qualifying defeat to Norway in October 2012.
Football Insider verdict
Niang failed to impress at Vicarage Road last term, and despite the fact he is only 22-years-old, it is difficult to see why Arsenal or Everton are entertaining the idea of signing him. Arsenal already have much better options on their books than Niang, who struggled to adapt to the pace of the English game while at Watford. Meanwhile, a move to Everton may make more sense for him, but again he is not of the quality they need to break into the top six.
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