Senegal forward M’Baye Niang not sold on a summer move to Tottenham
According to a report from L’Equipe via Sport Witness (h/t Football.london), Rennes and Senegal forward M’Baye Niang is ‘not really won over’ by the prospect of a summer transfer to Tottenham Hotspur, as he would only be a cover for star striker Harry Kane.
Niang has enjoyed a prolific campaign with Rennes this season. The 25-year-old finished the 2019/20 campaign with an impressive return of 15 goals and 2 assists from 36 appearances in all competitions. His performances have put him on the radars of a number of clubs including Tottenham Hotspur.
It goes without saying that our club is need of reinforcements in the cenre-forward department. Harry Kane has been our ace goalscorer for a number of years now, but beyond him we have very little in terms of backup.
This lack of cover was severely exposed in the ongoing campaign, after the England captain sustained a serious injury at the turn of the year. His injury-enforced absence coincided with a run of poor results for Jose Mourinho & co. So, a new centre-forward has to be a top priority for the management heading into the summer window.
Niang, to that end, would have been a fine option. The 25-year-old is coming on the back of a solid season with Rennes. He also has prior experience in the Premier League, having spent time on loan at Watford.
However, the Senegalese international is not quite keen on a transfer to our club. The reason behind this, as per the report, is that he doesn’t want to end up playing second-fiddle to Harry Kane. Instead, the 25-year-old, valued at €20m, is intent on joining Ligue 1 club Marseille. (h/t Football.london)
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Victor Osimhen, another striker linked with Tottenham, had also expressed the same concerns as Niang. So, it seems like our search for a new centre-forward to cover for Kane is set to continue.