Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly opened talks to sign Rennes striker Mbaye Niang but face competition from their former manager in Andre Villas-Boas – and Tottenham fans have reacted on Twitter to the news.
Niang, 25, has been in excellent form for Rennes since joining the club in the summer of 2018. He has found the back of the net 29 times in 80 league and cup appearances – as well as laying on eight assists during that time.
It comes after the Senegal international broke into the AC Milan side as a teenager but failed to live up to his enormous potential – which saw Niang’s pace and power propel the young African onto the scene.
Fast forward a few years, and Niang is a much more powerful striker that is equally as good at holding the ball up and winning headers – as he is at running in behind. Though it feels like he has been around for years, Niang is still well before his peak.
L’Equipe state Tottenham are one of a number of Premier League clubs interested and are leading the race – though Marseille and Villas-Boas could spoil Tottenham’s efforts to sign the striker. He could cost as much as £27million.
Tottenham supporters reacted on Twitter to the news that Niang could be on his way to north London in the coming months, and some Spurs fans think he could be a good addition as back-up to Harry Kane.
20m, is defo take that, the guy is inconsistent asf but his speed is crazy. Dream 70th min sub
— SPURS⚪️ (@THFC_THFC_) June 1, 2020
Not bad tbf if it’s closer to €20 could be a decent signing cover for Kane and on the wings
— Jack Tallant (@Jack_Tallant97) June 1, 2020
The Watford guy? Ok could be worse as a back up for Kane definitely. Looks like a talented player, tall and quick as well. Always seems a bit underwhelming when I've seen him play tho
— ChrismanSpurs (@ChrismanSpurs) June 1, 2020
I'd take him
— Emmanuel Ayeh (@eayeh49) June 1, 2020
Seeing as Kane is injured half the time, it's hardly minimal and we need options and pace
— Kev Knuckey (@knuckey1970) June 1, 2020
Yea Fraser sucks. But Niang is a good signing as back up to Kane
— Luke (@LKenz) June 1, 2020