French newspaper L’Equipe have claimed that Tottenham Hotspur have opened talks to sign Rennes striker Mbaye Niang this summer, after another solid 2019-20 campaign.
With Ligue 1 already drawing to a close and all football suspended until September, players from the top tier of French football have been targeted by many in the Premier League.
Niang, 25, has experience in the Premier League following a brief loan stint at Watford. During his early days at AC Milan, the Senegal international was expected to go on to big things – only for that potential to subside somewhat.
But he has rediscovered that early form with two excellent seasons as Rennes’ talisman up front. Scoring 14 and creating seven last season in 44 games, Niang has improved said form with 15 strikes this time around.
Tottenham are keen and have opened talks to sign the striker. However, Spurs face competition for the ex-Torino star – with Andre Villas-Boas keen to lure him to Champions League side Marseille. Rennes will not stand in his way.
TBR’s view – Niang is the perfect kind of striker
Tottenham have difficulty in attracting strikers to the north London club, and that is because of Harry Kane. Strikers know that they will be forced to play second fiddle to Kane – putting many off.
Niang is the perfect solution. Spurs need to sign a striker from a lower side such as Rennes, and offer Niang the role as first reserve to Kane but also more opportunities for game time out wide – where Niang is just as comfortable.
Powerful, quick, and good in the air, £15million signing (Sun) Niang boasts plenty of qualities that a lot of Spurs attackers lack. He could be the ideal signing for Tottenham this summer, if Spurs can beat Villas-Boas and Marseille.