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25th Jan, 2017 | 1:55pm

Sky: Negotiations begin for Serie A attacker after reported West Ham interest

By Harvey Byrne

AC Milan have started negotiations with Watford regarding a loan move for attacker M’Baye Niang, according to Sky Italy.

The Italian version of the popular sports broadcasters have claimed on their website that the Hornets are currently in the lead for his signature and are working on a deal with the Serie A giants.

It is reported that Milan want £850,000 upfront with an option to buy in the summer worth £16million, while the Pozzo family have offered “a little less”, but it is stated that talks will continue.

This all follows after the Daily Star claimed earlier this month that the 22-year-old was interesting the Hammers.

It is believed that manager Slaven Bilic is keen to sign a new striker with a number of his forwards struggling to hit the requirements this season.

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Watford are in a similar situation to West Ham with just four places and four points between them in the league.

Meanwhile, Niang was once considered a bright prospect and the 22-year-old is known for his pace and trickery in the front line.

The player is still contracted until 2019 with Milan, but it was also reported on Tuesday that the player is keen on a move to the Premier League.

Football Insider verdict:

West Ham must look to make a bid to try and hijack Niang’s potential move to Watford. The player would improve a huge hole in the Hammers team with the club struggling going forward this season. It is likely that the player would favour a move to east London rather than Watford given the club’s potential and stadium. Now, Bilic has already strengthened the back line with the  addition of Jose Fonte from Southampton and the Croatian boss should now look to add Niang to his forward line if he is to improve on the club’s current position. 

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