Wantaway Rennes forward Mbaye Niang is desperate to join West Bromwich Albion on a loan deal, according to the Sun.
Controversy seems to follow this Senegal international like a bad smell and, while it was Niang’s 10 Ligue 1 goals which fired Rennes into a Champions League place for the first time in their history last season, it has not taken long for everything to unravel.
The journeyman forward wants to swap Brittany for Britain before the transfer window slams shut.
Rennes coach Julian Stephan even admitted, via Homme du Match in July, that Niang had been looking for secure a move away from Roazhon Park.
While there are plenty of suitors, the likes of Newcastle United, Everton, West Ham and Marseille are yet to turn their interest into something more tangible.
So, as far as Niang is concerned, West Brom’s sudden desire to strike a deal could hardly have come at a better time; particularly with the former AC Milan starlet left out of Rennes’ squad over the weekend and falling behind Serhou Guirassy in the pecking order.
The Sun claims that the £18 million-rated ex-Watford loanee is desperate for a return to England.
The Baggies are ready to pay a £1 million loan fee, although Rennes want an initial £3 million up front provided that Slaven Bilic’s side will sign him permanently next summer.
Niang would arrive with plenty of baggage but it should not be forgotten that, with 15 goals in 36 games, the 2020/21 season was the best of his career.
West Brom could probably accept the odd negative headline if Niang fires them to safety.