West Ham close in on AC Milan starlet Niang

Sam Allardyce's ranks are set to be bolstered by the arrival of the 19-year-old winger on loan, with the Hammers able to make the deal permanent for a fee of £4 million
By Vittorio Campanile

West Ham have agreed a deal with AC Milan to sign young French attacker M’Baye Niang on loan, Goal understands.

The Hammers will pay the Rossoneri around £250,000 for the France Under-21 international, and have the option to make the deal permanent for a fee of £4 million.

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With the two clubs having agreed a deal, Niang must now discuss personal terms with the west Londoners ahead of a season-long stay at Upton Park.

The 19-year-old impressed upon arriving at San Siro, becoming the club’s second youngest scorer in history, but a dip in form and Milan’s disastrous season saw him shipped off to Montpellier on loan in January.

He enjoyed a largely fruitful time at the Stade de la Mosson, scoring four times in 17 Ligue 1 starts, and even expressed a desire to remain in southern France.

But the pacey wide-man appears to be on his way to West Ham, and fits the profile of player co-owner David Sullivan identified as a target.

"We have got five or six players lined up," the Hammers co-owner told the Evening Standard. "Most are young players, the youngest is 19 but has already played top-level football in two countries, while the oldest is 27.

"We want to see players who can play in any of the three attacking positions and who have a proven record of scoring goals.

"We want people who take on players and go past them, people with movement because we need to add speed to our team."

Milan, meanwhile, hope Niang’s exit can pave the way for Adel Tarrabt to make a permanent move to San Siro after a successful spell on loan from QPR.