AC Milan striker M'Baye Niang has this morning confirmed that he will join Ligue 1 side Montpellier on loan in January for the rest of the season, ruling out any lingering possibility of a short-term switch to either Arsenal or Tottenham Hotspur.
Niang has struggled for first-team opportunities at the San Siro despite Milan's horrible start to the campaign, which sees the Rossoneri sitting 13th in Serie A and a whopping 14 points off a Champions League place.
The 19-year-old has been sent back to his native France on loan to Montpellier, in search of regular playing time and his first goals of the campaign.
Despite failing to make the grade at Milan this season Niang has insisted that his long-term ambition remains to be a success at the San Siro, before revealing that he turned down offers from other clubs including Lyon to join Montpellier.
He is quoted by Football Italia as stating: "I'm very happy about joining Montpellier. I also had some offers from Marseille and Lyon, but I want to help Montpellier.
"I don't have any regrets about joining the Rossoneri. My ambition is to return to Milan as an even better player."
The French youth international has been consistently linked with a move to the Premier League ever since bursting onto the scene as a teenager at Caen, with Arsenal and Spurs both known to be long-term admirers of the versatile forward.