Tottenham Hotspur are reportedly mulling over a January move for AC Milan’s M’Baye Niang.
Spurs may have signed over half a dozen players during the summer but they are now apparently ready to switch their attention to signing one of the most talented and versatile players in Italian football.
M’Baye Niang is an 18-year-old striker and winger in the ranks of Italian giants AC Milan and a player that Arsenal and Chelsea tried to get before he decided to move to the San Siro from Caen.
Spurs and Arsenal both had him on trial in 2012, but did not show the desire to force through a move in the same way Milan did regarding the teenager.
AC Milan’s abundance of strikers nicely contrasts the limited options that Spurs have up front, which seems to be the main reason they have been linked with the teenager.
Niang would certainly be a good squad option for Andre Villas-Boas alongside Roberto Soldado, Jermain Defoe and Erik Lamela and his ability to play out wide means he can also compete for a place alongside Tottenham’s gifted squad of midfield stars.
So do Tottenham really have a better chance of getting the player that Arsenal and Chelsea missed out on?
They’ll have to fork out for him because although Milan have up to five players who can all be considered ahead of him in the pecking order, he’s young and he’s on a long contract.
His current deal doesn’t expire until the summer of 2017 which means if Tottenham are going to go after him, they’ll have to pay a sizeable transfer fee.
Considering Spurs have just spent over £100 million on new players, it’s debatable whether Daniel Levy would commission a big bid for a teenager who doesn’t have a prolific record.
What Tottenham do have in their favour is Technical Director Franco Baldini, a man they can deploy to work on this deal if there is any truth in Tottenham’s interest.
Baldini was crucial in securing deals over the summer and he could be a vital individual in terms of convincing the player and his representatives that White Hart Lane is the place he should be playing his football.
Tottenham are hampered by their involvement in the Europa League because Niang’s original decision to move to Milan is more than likely partly down to the chance of growing up around Champions League football.
Another thing Tottenham do have in their favour is the make up of the current side.
Spurs have a very exciting, young squad where egos and attitudes are less apparent than at Milan with Mario Balotelli being the obvious example.
Spurs can stress the chance to develop and play in a young side which is only going to get better, it’s just a case of whether they are prepared to make the financial commitment to a big deal in the middle of a season.
What do you think? Would Niang be a good signing for Spurs?
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