Liverpool ready to pounce for French starlet

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Liverpool are ready to snap up French Under 17 star M'Baye Niang from Caen, according to the Daily Mirror.

The 16-year-old signed a new contract with Caen in January, however it's been reported that the paperwork was filed incorrectly, making one of the hottest young prospects in world football available on a free transfer.

Liverpool are thought to be interested in bringing Niang, who made his Ligue 1 debut in the second half of last season, making seven appearances and scoring three goals, to Anfield.

The French starlet has been capped at Under 16 and Under 17 levels, making 14 appearances in all for his country. With such a strong reputation amongst young players, Liverpool would be a logical choice for Niang should he decide to leave France.


Niang can play as an attacking midfielder and as a striker, and is thought to be attracting interest from Tottenham as well.

Liverpool could be with one less versatile attacker in the coming days as Anderlecht bosses confirmed they're holding talks with Milan Jovanovic.

The 30-year-old Serbian international has been told he's free to leave Liverpool, and the Belgian side have been the most likely destination for some time.

Nothing has yet been agreed, but Anderlecht officials are confident a move for the Liverpool man will be completed.

"We're currently negotiating with Jovanovic, but we couldn't achieve an agreement (yet)," an Anderlecht spokesman said. "We're very much interested and the player would like to come."

It's understood that Olympiakos and Brugge are also interested, but Anderlecht remain the favourites to take Jovanovic away from Liverpool.

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