Monday, 9th July, 2012
Arsenal are taking highly-rated Caen striker M’Baye Niang on trial, according to French daily Ouest-France.
The 17-year-old has been tracked by some of the biggest clubs in Europe, who have been impressed with the progress he has made since breaking into Caen’s first team last year.
Niang has been on the radar for many sides long before bursting through to the northern France team’s senior ranks however, with his performances and goalscoring feats from the age of 13 attracting much attention from Lille and Paris Saint-Germain, amongst others.
It is at Caen though that the 17-year-old has developed and is now making his mark, though the Ligue 2 outfit accept that keeping hold of such a prodigious talent will be difficult.
And that task has been made all the harder by the club’s relegation from the French top flight last season, a fate that even Niang, who clocked up 23 appearances in Ligue 1, could not stop befalling the side.
Niang is now set to head to London and train with Arsenal in an effort to convince the Gunners that he is every bit as talented as has been mooted.
Should the France Under-21 international impress under the watchful eye of Arsene Wenger, negotiations with Caen could begin in earnest.
Niang is under contract with Caen until 2014 and scored twice in Ligue 1 last season.
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