Club director suggests rumoured Spurs target wants move elsewhere

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Rennes sporting director Florian Maurice has admitted that rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target M’Baye Niang could be interested in leaving the Ligue 1 club ahead of next season.

Niang has enjoyed the most prolific season of his career to date with the striker having struck fifteen times in all competitions before the campaign ended prematurely due to the COVID-19 pandemic (

The 25-year-old has proven a handful for defences in the French top flight and his performances have reportedly caught Tottenham’s attention as they look for a striker to help relieve Harry Kane with the goalscoring burden (L’Equipe via GFFN).

Marseille are also said to be interested in the former AC Milan star’s services (Le Parisian), while Qatari giants, Al-Duhail have also enquired about his availability (Foot Mercato).

Rennes president, Nicolas Holveck has already admitted that the club have received multiple offers for the Senegal international (Foot Mercato via Goal).

Maurice has now confirmed Niang’s intention to leave Roazhon Park this summer but did not rule out the possibility of him staying at the club.

He told RMC Sport (as relayed by “I experienced this in Lyon with Memphis Depay, these are players who are ambitious, who want to see elsewhere.

“Now it’s discussions that we will have with him [Niang], that I had a little already with him in particular.

“It should also be noted that the player has ambition, maybe want to go play elsewhere as we personally at the time we wanted to go play in higher clubs I hear it.

“After that there will have to be discussions, he is under contract with Stade Rennais so I think we will calmly see how it will go, the preparation and the transfer window for him.

“I never had Jacques-Henri Eyraud [Marseille’s president] on the phone.”

Spurs Web Opinion

Niang could potentially be an excellent option for us as he will give us something different with his physical presence and ability to hold the ball up with his back to goal. However, the real question is if he would be content playing second fiddle to Kane. On the back of the prolific season he has had, I suspect the striker will want to go to a club where he will be the first choice.

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