Arsenal target January bid for French wonderkid

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Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger has reportedly decided that AC Milan striker M'Baye Niang is worth a second look, considering the possibility of a January swoop for a starlet struggling to make his mark at the San Siro.

Niang had a trial with the Gunners last year but eventually chose Milan over a string of Premier League sides, including Tottenham Hotspur and Everton.

The 18-year-old showed promise in his first season but has failed to progress this term, restricted to eight Serie A appearances after being left out of Milan's Champions League squad due to a clerical error.

Wenger is a long-term admirer of the French youth international and is thought to be keeping a close watch on his progress with a view to a January bid, according to talkSPORT.

Milan are thought to be willing to let the forward leave on loan but would prefer the teenager to stay in Serie A, with Parma and Sampdoria among a long list of clubs in Italy pursuing a short-term deal.

Wenger has been content to keep Olivier Giroud and Nicklas Bendtner as his only primary strikers for the first half of the campaign, but if possible would like a fresh option in January to bolster their Premier League title charge.

Niang offers versatility and has been used consistently in an advanced wide position by Milan, but with the likes of Kaka and Mario Balotelli blocking his path to the first team a starting spot currently looks some way off.

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