Report: M'Baye Niang favours West Ham move; Milan would consider £14.6m offer

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West Ham United have been linked with the France under-21 international.

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

According to a report from Calcio Mercato, AC Milan striker M’Baye Niang wants to move to the Premier League this summer with West Ham United his preferred destination.

The 21-year-old suffered an injury-hit campaign at the San Siro, first due to a broken metatarsal and then a muscle injury but in between he turned out 21 times for Milan, scoring eight goals and providing five assists in the process.

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It is that form that has seemingly attracted West Ham manager Slaven Bilic’s attention; however with the player being contracted to Milan until the summer of 2019 he will not come cheap if at all.

Calcio Mercato claims Everton are prepared to pay £14.6million for Niang but that he favours a move to West Ham due to their participation in next season’s Europa League.

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

It remains to be seen if Bilic will fork out the cash needed to secure the forward’s signature; especially if he goes big on an alternative such as Michy Batshuayi or Alexandre Lacazette.

But as a cheaper alternative, Niang should not be discounted out of hand as the Hammers seek to build a squad capable of reaching another level next season and beyond.

West Ham manager Slaven Bilic

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