Report: West Ham could target M'Baye Niang if Bacca and Zaza moves fall through

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West Ham have been linked with a move for AC Milan's M'Baye Niang.

Napoli's Jorginho (R) in action against M'Baye Niang of AC Milan.Napoli's Jorginho (R) in action against M'Baye Niang of AC Milan

According to Calcio Mercato, AC Milan striker M'Baye Niang could be targeted by West Ham United - if they fail to land Carlos Bacca or Simone Zaza.

The Hammers are trying to land a new striker this summer, with manager Slaven Bilic keen to bring in a consistent goalscorer ahead of the club's move to the Olympic Stadium.

A host of strikers have already been heavily linked with moves to East London, and now another name can be added into the mix.

AC Milan's M'baye Niang gestures.REUTERS/Alessandro Garofalo

Calcio Mercato report that West Ham could turn their attention to AC Milan's M'Baye Niang if they can't sign AC Milan's Carlos Bacca or Juventus striker Simone Zaza.

Bacca proved his goalscoring prowess with 20 goals for Milan this past season, whilst Zaza wants first-team football having been fourth-choice striker at Juventus - but both will come at a huge price.

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Now, it's believed that, if they can't land either, West Ham could stay in the Italian market by moving for French forward Niang this summer.

The 21-year-old was tipped as a star of the future during his time with Caen, but after a slow start to life with Milan and loan spells with Montpellier and Genoa, Niang returned to the San Siro and proved his worth with eight goals and four assists in 21 games this past season.

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Pacey and versatile with the ability to play out wide or up front, Niang certainly has talent, but West Ham must be 100% sure about moving for him, as he has played just five minutes since the end of February having been injured in a car crash in March.

That's a huge concern for any club targeting Niang, but he's an athletically gifted forward with great dribbling ability and delivery into the box, and that could be a valuable weapon for West Ham in the final third - if their attempts to land a striker do take them to Niang.

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