Having broken through at the youth academy of Caen, Niang agreed to sign for Serie A club AC Milan in the summer of 2012. He has since made 38 appearances for the Rossoneri, scoring one goal and registering two assists in the process.
The attacker also spent a spell in his homeland last season, signing on a half-season loan with Montpellier last term, scoring five goals in 22 games. A French youth international, the 20-year-old has made three appearances for Les Bleus Under-21 side, having made his debut way back in 2011.
The earlier listed report showed an interest from Premier League side Newcastle, who wanted to take Niang on loan until the end of the season, whilst Calciomercato published a story a few days later that indicated Milan would be willing to let Niang go if Davide Santon was used as a makeweight in the deal.
However, it now appears as if Newcastle have lost their chance to sign the forward, with La Gazzetta dello Sport confirming that Niang is set to join Serie A rivals Genoa on loan until the end of the campaign. The report outlines that the player met with his new club today to confirm the deal, with talks progressing well between the two Italian sides yesterday.
With the current state of things at St James’ Park, Newcastle fans will likely be annoyed that they have lost out on securing a bright footballing talent, with reinforcements surely needed for the Tyneside club.