Rennes striker M’Baye Niang is not interested in a move to West Brom this summer, a report from French outlet L’Equipe has claimed.
It had recently been reported that a loan move for Niang was being considered by the Baggies as a potential cheaper alternative to Huddersfield striker Karlan Grant, as Slaven Bilic continues his search for a goalscorer following the club’s return to the Premier League.
Those reports had stated that Niang was desperate to make a return to the Premier League, having previously spent time on loan with Watford in English football’s top-flight a couple of season ago, although it now appears that that may not be the case.
According to this latest update, Niang is not said to be keen on the prospect of a move to The Hawthorns in the coming weeks, despite that chance of a return to the Premier League.
It is also thought that Rennes have yet to receive any official offers for Niang, who has three years remaining on his current contract with the Ligue 1 club.
If these new claims from France do prove to be accurate, then it will no doubt be a big concerns to those associated with West Brom.
The need for a goalscorer to keep Bilic’s side competitive in the Premier League has yet to go away, and with a breakthrough in their pursuit of Grant seemingly difficult to force, Niang had looked like a potentially decent alternative.
However, if Niang does indeed not want to move to The Hawthorns, there may be some questions about where the Baggies turn to next, especially with time running out in the window, and clubs capable of demanding big fees from West Brom, given they know how desperate the Midlands club are for a striker.