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L’Equipe have claimed that Tottenham are interested in signing Rennes’ Mbaye Niang this summer.

The report claims that Jose Mourinho’s side have made contact with Niang’s representatives, but there is one problem.

Spurs are unwilling to offer him regular game time, something that Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille are prepared to do this summer.

That could potentially sway the deal away from North London, and this wouldn’t be the first time that this happens.

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Tottenham have been monitoring Niang for a long time. Spurs were keeping tabs on the young attacker during his Caen days in 2011, when he was just 16 years old. (L’Equipe via Goal)

Spurs missed out that summer and Niang moved to Milan a year later, where he wasn’t at his best.

He was loaned out to a number of clubs in Italy, France and also in England with Watford where he spent six months at Vicarage Road back in 2017.

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The Frenchman scored just twice in 16 appearances and was sent back after which he joined Rennes, where he has been a huge hit among supporters.

Niang has scored 15 goals in all competitions this season, and it is no surprise that clubs are after him.

He could prove to be a decent backup to Harry Kane when required, but more game time at Marseille seems the most logical move for him.

Spurs are set to miss out on Niang for the second time in nine years, but missing out to Villas-Boas might just sting a bit more than last time.

(Reuters)

In other news, Report: Tottenham have given up on target after £16m bid, club want £27m more