Italian website TuttoMercatoWeb have claimed that West Bromwich Albion have seen an offer of £11million rejected for Stade Rennais striker Mbaye Niang, with Serie A side Torino moving into pole position for the Senegal international.
Niang, 25, starred for Rennes last season – scoring 15 goals in 36 league and cup appearances. With the French league ending early, Rennes finished in a lofty third position and even qualified for this season’s Champions League campaign.
However, Rennes signed Serhou Guirassy from Amiens and he has started over Niang – with the latter missing from Rennes’ last four league games. He almost joined Andre Villas-Boas’ Marseille earlier in the summer, but remains a Rennes player.
It is now claimed that West Brom tried to sign Niang on a permanent basis, but there £11million offer has been rejected – with Rennes holding out for a figure closer to £13.75million. Torino now want to bring Niang back to the club he left in 2019.
TBR’s view – Niang would be a sensational Baggies signing
But the chances of them going back in for a second bid remains to be seen. Coming through the ranks at AC Milan, Niang was seen as a pacey winger which is the role Watford signed him for during the second half of the 2016-17 season.
Now a powerful forward who is strong in the air but also one with plenty of pace, Niang impressed both in Europe and in France last season. He is certainly worth the asking price, and the Baggies have got to up their offer.