M’Baye Niang looks set for a transfer tug-of-war in January, according to the Guardian, with both Arsenal and Newcastle hoping to land the wonderkid in the next transfer window.

At just 16-years-old, Niang has shown great potential for both Ligue 1 side Caen and the France Under 21s national team.

Arsenal and Newcastle both have a particular preference for French players, with the clubs boasting tight ties with clubs throughout the country.


 

And while Niang would be a perfect fit for Arsenal’s youth policy, Newcastle are hoping to bring the youngster in to create a long-term future for the side.

The Toon have made a large amount of signings over the summer, including four Frenchman, and let go of big players including Joey Barton and Kevin Nolan. The side took a very new look when they ran on to the pitch for their opening match this season, and Alan Pardew is clearly hoping to build a legacy at Newcastle that can be sustained in both the short and long term.

But Arsenal have a bigger budget than Newcastle, despite the Toon still holding on to the majority of the £35 million from Andy Carroll’s sale, and the Gunners will be hoping that with the offer of Champions League football, Niang will prefer a move to the Emirates.

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