Arsenal and Tottenham Hotspur have been given hope in their pursuit of M'Baye Niang as Montpellier have insisted he costs too much to make his loan move from AC Milan permanent.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, both the Gunners and Spurs are keen on the France Under-21 striker and will be given encouragement by the latest comments from Montpellier chairman Louis Nicollin. Both clubs are in need of centre-forward recruitments in the summer and may have been given an indicator that a deal for the 19-year-old could be on.
"As far as Niang, I say that we will see at the end of the year with AC Milan because he costs too much for us," Nicollin said at the weekend.
Arsenal were celebrating on Saturday night after booking their place in the FA Cup final thanks to a penalty shoot-out victory over Wigan Athletic, but the celebrations among fans were fuelled more by relief than anything else. Arsene Wenger's side should have won the game comfortably, but a lack of incisiveness up front made things more difficult than they should have been.
Yaya Sanogo missed a number of opportunities to give the Gunners the lead and brought groans from the Arsenal fans present at Wembley, as well as laments over the lack of a quality partner for Olivier Giroud. Giroud was introduced as Wenger chased the game, sparking jeers from fans as he replaced Lukas Podolski, but the France international is running on empty and failed to make much of a difference.
Meanwhile, Tottenham's £26million summer signing Roberto Soldado has been an unmitigated flop in his first season at White Hart Lane, while there is rarely a time when Emmanuel Adebayor's future at a club is not in question. Tim Sherwood's chances of retaining the job this summer appear slim but it would be unexpected if he or any new manager does not sign a new striker.
Niang went to AC Milan from Caen in 2012 with a burgeoning reputation but failed to maintain his level of performance after a promising start and was sent on loan to the Ligue 1 side in January to gain some much-needed experience.