M’Baye Niang was linked with a move to Nottingham Forest during the summer transfer window, with the Reds seeking a new striker.
The Reds were linked by Get Football News France but he ultimately chose to stay in France; swapping Rennes for Bordeaux.
It’s been a somewhat unconvincing season of struggle for Niang and now his current club are facing the real possibility of relegation.
Today’s 5-3 defeat against Nantes leaves them staring down the barrel of relegation to Ligue 2. Although Niang did score, they are second bottom with just four games remaining.
Niang has scored seven goals and claimed two assists from 20 appearances this season. That might not sound like a bad return, but Ligue 1 is a division he’s familiar with.
The 27-year-old spent a short spell at Watford. In 16 games for the Hornets, he scored twice and registered two assists and didn’t exactly set the Premier League alight.
Niang signed for his current club on a free transfer. Naturally, he didn’t sign up for second-tier football and it remains to be seen what the future will hold.
He will have another year to run on his deal and with that in mind, he will remain a Bordeaux player next unless someone chooses to sign him.
Forest were wise not to sign Niang
The Reds didn’t actually sign a striker during the January transfer window. Xande Silva was added, although he largely plays out wide as opposed to through the middle.
A failed move to Josh Maja, interestingly from Bordeaux, also never came to fruition and the Reds stuck with what they already had instead.
Niang doesn’t exactly have a brilliant record in England and likewise, at 27, he is already approaching the peak of his powers.
Forest have a more savvy transfer policy these days and Niang looks like one player they perhaps did well not to sign.