One-time Arsenal and Spurs target M'Baye Niang may be available from AC Milan

AC Milan outcast M'Baye Niang may be available this summer, after Montpellier rule out a permanent move.

AC Milan outcast M'Baye Niang could become available in the summer transfer window after it was confirmed his loan club Montpellier cannot afford the youngster.

Niang made eight first-team appearances for Milan in the first half of the season, but failed to score in any of those games. He was loaned out to French outfit Montpellier in January, and has netted four times in his 13 games at the club.

Montpellier have confirmed that they cannot afford to offer Niang a permanent deal, and having fallen out of favour with former Milan boss Massimiliano Allegri at the start of the season, it still remains to be seen if he has a future with the club under new coach Clarence Seedorf.

Niang has gained reported interest from a number of English clubs in the past, including Arsenal and Tottenham. The Frenchman had trials with both clubs before committing his future to AC in 2012. The 19-year old also trialled at Everton before his move from Ligue 2 club Caen.

Montpellier’s President Louis Nicollin has warned Premier League clubs that they are going to have to overspend on Niang if AC Milan do not drop their valuation of the striker.

"We will meet with Milan to talk about Niang because he is too expensive," he told Midilibre.

Arsenal and Tottenham have been linked with a host of strikers across Europe, as they both look to fall short of their Premier League targets this season.

Arsenal have put their faith in Olivier Giroud to provide the majority of their goals, with only Nicklas Bendtner and Yaya Sanogo providing out-and-out striker options.

Spurs meanwhile have struggled to get the best out of £26m summer signing Roberto Soldado and are yet to see a goal from the £25m Erik Lamela. Emmanuel Adebayor has been Tottenham’s most prolific striker with 13 goals in all competitions, while Jermaine Defoe also left the club in February to join Toronto FC of the MLS.

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