So with Arsenal fans expecting, or at the very least hoping for, big things from Arsene Wenger and the board during the summer transfer window, not many of us would have put the name of M’Baye Niang on the Frenchman’s transfer wish list.
According to a report from a local paper in the Watford area where the 22-year old striker spent the second half of last season, however, the Gunners have come in with a late challenge to our Premier League rivals Everton. Apparently Ronald Koeman was hoping to sign Niang to boost his striking options at Goodison Park but this all seems a bit odd to me.
The Hornets had the option to sign the young French forward from AC Milan on a permanent basis but they didn’t and it is hardly surprising when you recall how little impact he had for them. Niang has never been exactly prolific, with eight goals his top tally for a season, with Milan a couple of years ago but he does have potential.
Is that enough for Wenger to bring him to north London? To be honest I am a little surprised to hear that Everton are interested, never mind Arsenal. Is this one that we can chalk off to the overactive rumour mill?