According to a report in Le Parisien, Rennes are demanding €18million to €20million (£16m-£18m) for rumoured Tottenham Hotspur target, M’Baye Niang.

The striker has been prolific for Rennes since completing a permanent move from Torino last summer, following a successful loan spell at the club last season.

The 25-year-old netted fifteen goals in all competitions before the season ended prematurely due to the coronavirus pandemic (, and his physicality and hold up play have troubled Ligue 1 defences all season.

L’Equipe (via GFFN) reported last week that Tottenham were interested in signing the Senegal international in the summer.

It was said that the Lilywhites were competing with Marseille for the striker’s signature and had already held talks with his representatives over a move to North London.

Le Parisien now reports that Rennes’ new president Nicolas Holveck has decided to cash in on Niang this summer as the club look to raise funds to deal with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.

However, it is revealed that the Ligue 1 side have no interest in selling the striker for a loss, despite the financial downturn, and will not let him leave unless they receive an offer of around €18m to €20m.

Spurs Web Opinion

It is notable that we are not being linked with prolific goalscorers but rather players who have a physical presence in the box and hold the ball up well. Niang too fits that profile as he has shown this season that he can be a handful for defences. That suggests that Jose wants to have a plan B to be able to go more direct in games where we are not able to play through the midfield.

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