Arsenal & Tottenham boosted in race for M'Baye Niang

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AC Milan have been told to lower their asking price for striker M'Baye Niang by Montpellier owner Louis Nicollin.

The French striker has had relative success on loan to the Ligue 1 club this season, scoring three goals since joining in January after a frustrating spell at the San Siro.

It seems that the 19-year-old has impressed so much that Montpellier are interested in taking him on permanently but must first lower to AC Milan's asking price.

"We will meet with Milan to talk about Niang because he is too expensive," he told Midilibre.

Niang was unable to establish himself at AC Milan, only starting one Serie A game in the first half of the current season. He was rumoured to be available for a permanent transfer in the summer, alerting both Arsenal and Tottenham, who had previously been linked with a move before he joined AC Milan.

However, he instead joined Montpellier on loan in a bid to help his development but new boss Clarence Seedorf is now ready to ditch the striker in a bid to revitalise the squad but it seems the asking price is too high for the famously thrifty Montpellier.

It means that Tottenham and Arsenal will get another chance to sign the youngster in the summer.

Arsenal have been the more prominent in the transfer saga and were reportedly ready to pay as much as £6m for the starlet in January as Arsene Wenger looked to bring in more striker options.

The Gunners are going to be searching for more than one new striker in the summer and could revitalise their interest in Niang.

Tottenham are also looking to add more to their forward line and are set to give up on Roberto Soldado, who has failed to adapt to life at White Hart Lane since moving from Valencia last summer.

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