Date: 25th January 2017 at 8:36pm
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It was being reported yesterday that agreement was almost done between Watford and AC Milan for striker M’Baye Niang.

Sky Italia were reporting yesterday that a deal was almost done on an initial loan move that would become permanent over the summer.

They suggested the loan fee would be £850,000 with a summer permanent clause for £13.6million and the indication was that Niang wouldn’t agree to the loan deal unless the permanent clause was nailed on as he doesn’t want to return to the San Siro following the move.

Sky reported that West Ham, Crystal Palace, Everton and Genoa were interested in the player who has scored three times in Serie A in 18 appearances this year but it seems Watford have won out.

The 22 year old’s record this year isn’t great but he’s versatile across the frontline and there seems to be a game time issue with starts under their gaffer Vincenzo Montella and Sky quote him recently as saying about the player.

‘He’s a player who has had his ups and downs and there are things he needs to improve. We tried, and we got to a point where we were delighted with the results – the boy was, too – and I’m not talking about technical results. He got to a certain point and then stopped, and I won’t pretend to know why, nor do I want to say. I didn’t like the attitude that he showed when he came on against Torino, and he acknowledged that. He’s done more in the past, as he would also admit. If he stays here, we’ll try again. If he goes elsewhere then I hope he succeeds.’

Update – this story is now being reported as being done and dusted as of late yesterday evening but at time of publishing there was no confirmation from Watford.

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