Liverpool close on Arsenal striker target

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Liverpool have reportedly joined the race to sign long-time Arsenal target Mamadou Niang.

The Olympique Marseille forward has been influential for the French champions this season, and now Liverpool and Arsenal are considering summer moves for the striker.

Niang has been prolific at l'OM since joining from RC Strasbourg in 2005 for a fee believed to be around €7 million. Scoring at close to a goal every other game in Ligue 1, the Senegalese hitman has been at his best this term with 16 goals in 30 appearance thus far.

He scored the winner against Stade Rennais on Thursday, securing his club side's first league title for 18 years.

Despite his advancing years, the 30-year-old remains a high-calibre forward who could become available when the transfer window re-opens in June.

The Metro reports that Rafa Benitez is prepared to sell players in a bid to generate money for a move, while also stating that Arsene Wenger is again tracking the striker.

Wenger is thought to be looking at a number of strikers, and has Marouane Chamakh moving to the Emirates on a free this summer. Benitez has also been linked with a string of frontmen, although has less money to play with than the Frenchman.

Either will have to produce a bid in he region of £14 million, although negotiations could bring that figure down and make a move much more realistic for both clubs.

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