Date: 24th January 2017 at 3:18pm
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It’s being reported that Arsenal or West Ham could be a potential destination for AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang this month.

The Mirror report that with AC Milan manager Vincenzo Montella admitting recently that the 22 year old could be on the move before the transfer deadline shuts, that both Arsenal and West Ham are likely to be in pole position for the player.

With the options available to him and largely goalscoring not being a problem – not least Danny Welbeck edging back to fitness – would we be in for another forward?

Obviously with ongoing speculation, as covered, about Mesut Ozil and Alexis Sanchez he could come into play as cover should one of those depart presumably but otherwise I can’t see it happening.

In any event The Mirror build the speculation of our interest in the player – and it’s not the first time his name has been mentioned this month – on the back of a Milan TV interview with their gaffer where he confirmed Niang wouldn’t be playing in their Coppa Italia quarter final against Juventus.

‘Niang might leave the club. He’s discussing it with the management. He won’t be called up for the game against Juve as I thought he would definitely have been distracted.’

Montella added that he felt the 22 year old had stalled on a development front recently as well.

‘He’s always been involved in normal situations. Sometimes he’s been on the fringes but he’s never been out. As long as he’s a Milan player he’ll get the consideration he deserves. He has made himself available right from the start and he’s trying to grow so he can manage his talent better. He’s a player who has had his ups and downs and there are things he needs to improve. We tried, and we got to a point where we were delighted with the results – the boy was, too – and I’m not talking about technical results. He got to a certain point and then stopped, and I won’t pretend to know why, nor do I want to say.’

Again that character – and no doubt the player himself would no doubt reference game time and starts to be fair – it doesn’t sound like somebody Wenger for go for, especially not this season with the often spoken about spirit in the team.

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