Arsenal have had an initial bid for teenage striker M’Baye Niang rejected by Caen.
The 17-year-old, who scored twice in 23 appearances last term, undertook a trial last week at London Colney just so Arsene could jokingly ask Steve Bould, “Caen he kick it?”
It appears he could, although not so well that the boss decided to offer anything more than some magic beans and Marouane Chamakh’s hair gel.
Going public on the Gunners approach, Caen president Jean-Francois Fortin described the bid as, “not derogatory, but not quite what we wanted.”
Valued in the £5 million bracket, it remains to be seen whether we follow up with a second bid for Niang. Given Newcastle, Manchester City and the Spuds are also sniffing around, it’s not surprising his price is being inflated.
Thanks to @JamieDalton82 for the heads up.