Nottingham Forest have emerged as the latest club to fancy M’Baye Niang, according to Foot Mercato. Celtic, Anderlecht and several Turkish clubs are also keen.
The Reds have only signed backup goalkeeper Ethan Horvath this summer. Boss Chris Hughton will be desperate to add a few more players to his ranks before the deadline.
Forest have been linked with several strikers, with Niang now the latest. The Rennes talisman was loaned to Al-Ahli last season and he could be on the move again.
The 26-year-old only made five appearances in Saudi Arabia and has been deemed surplus to requirements by Rennes.
Niang does have English football under his belt. Earlier in his career has made 16 appearances for Watford, scoring two goals and claiming two assists.
During 2019/20, the talisman was in fine form. He fired 15 goals as Rennes embarked on a Europa League campaign and was red hot in front of goal.
Now, both Forest and Celtic are keen to pounce, with the report suggesting that several Turkish clubs are keen too.
Despite his tender years, Niang has had a fair few clubs, struggling to really settle at one particular destination.
He has earned rave reviews during his career though. During 2012 when he was bursting onto the scene he drew praise from an expert in French and African football.
Malu Mpasinkatu called him ‘the future Drogba or Eto’o’ and a ‘very interesting prospect’ when quizzed about him during an interview.
Would Niang be a good addition for Forest?
There is always an air of uncertainty among the fan base when an unknown quantity is plucked from overseas.
Although he does have experience in England, it was only a fleeting spell and he’d have to prove himself to Forest fans.
His form during 2019/20 should delight Forest fans and at 26 he isn’t quite at the peak of his powers just yet.
With Celtic and Anderlecht looking to sign him to, the Reds might not be considered frontrunners for his signature.
Niang’s physical presence would make him a good alternative to Lewis Grabban and Lyle Taylor and with that in mind, signing him could be a shrewd deal for Forest.