Liverpool teen striker target snubs French chance

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Liverpool striker target Mbaye Niang has opted to play international football for Senegal.

The 16-year-old striker earned race reviews in France after making his senior debut for Caen back in April, scoring three goals in just seven senior appearances in Ligue 1 at the end of the season.

Despite representing Les Bleus at youth level, the player is of Senegalese decent and has decided to represent the Lions of Teranga in the future.

"I have chosen to play for Senegal as France never gave me a chance. I consider myself as French but Senegal is my origin, so I am happy to play for them," he told

"I am only 16 years old. I really enjoyed my finish to the season but I think I need more experience. Training with better players will improve me and take me places."

The same reported on Friday that Kenny Dalglish has made checks with the Stade Michel d'Ornano outfit over the player's availability, and is keen to bring the teenager to Liverpool this summer.

Working alongside director of football Damien Comolli, Dalglish has made a conscious effort to bring young players to Anfield this summer, as seen through the reports £20 million acquisition of Jordan Henderson at Liverpool back in June.


A left back, winger and striker are all still thought to be on the Merseysiders' agenda during the transfer window, with a plethora of players all linked with a move to Liverpool.

Niang is the latest name in the frame after the reports of a Liverpool enquiry, and the possibility of a loan back to his current club could be an option should the Reds be able to secure the player's signature.

"I have had no proposition, but if we receive one, we will study it," Caen chairman Jean-Francois Fortin told L'Equipe.

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