Watford have beaten a host of clubs to sign AC Milan forward M’Baye Niang on loan for the remainder of the season.
Arsenal, Everton, West Ham, Burnley and Genoa were among the clubs interested in the acquiring the 22-year-old Frenchman, but Watford manager Walter Mazzarri did enough to convince the forward to make a temporary switch to Vicarage Road.
Reports suggest that AC Milan have also included an option to buy Niang for £13.5 million in the summer, which only becomes active if he plays a certain amount of games for the Hornets. Should he reach the target set then Watford will have to sign the forward for the agreed fee. It’s believed Niang was keen on a permanent switch but was still happy to join on a temporary one.
Niang, who has scored three goals in 18 Serie A appearances so far this season, appears to have fallen out with Milan manager Vincenzo Montella after the Italian questioned the player’s attitude during the club’s 2-2 draw to Torino 10 days ago.