Fact file on West Ham United target M’Baye Niang

M'baye Niang

Let’s look at Milan’s youngster M’Baye Niang as West Ham line up a potential loan move.

Reports suggest that West Ham are chasing AC Milan sensation M’Baye Niang on loan for next season.

These reports appeared moments after their manager, Sam Allardyce, was ordered to play “better football” if he wants to keep his job, French 19-year-old Niang might be just the place to start!

Niang was publicly courted by Premiership clubs as far back as 2011, with Arsenal, Everton and Spurs offering the rangy forward a trial in 2012.

The talented teenager signed a 3-year-deal with AC Milan in August 2012. He was plucked from French Ligue 1 side Caen after breaking into their first team aged just 16.

Considered one of the hottest prospects in Europe, Niang struggled to establish himself at Milan. After becoming Milan’s second youngest goal scorer with a cup goal against Reggina, both he and Milan slumped in performance resulting in a season loan to French club Montpellier.

At Montpellier, Niang managed four goals and two assists during seventeen appearances mainly deployed as a central striker, although he is capable of, if not more comfortable, playing on either flank.

The France U21 international stands at 1.84 metres tall, is strong and athletic with good dribbling and crossing ability. He is also partial to cutback and long shot which will make a pleasant change from the seemingly endless, aimless crossing tactic Hammers have become accustomed to under Big Sam.

One potentially alarming factor, even if the Boleyn Ground has featured its fair share of characters over the years, is the fledgling Milan forward is often involved in controversy.

Back in February, Niang crashed his £200k Ferrari in France obtaining an 18 month suspended sentence for his troubles. Previously, while at Milan, he was caught without a license and publicly apologised to the club and fans.

And that’s not all! Along with four other players, Niang received a national team ban for breaking a curfew!

Although Niang may appear troublesome, as long as the deal goes ahead, the young French star seems certain to excite at West Ham next season.

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