According to Italian outlet Sport Mediaset, Rennes are considering cutting their loan deal for M’Baye Niang short in January and passing up their option to buy the Torino forward.
The 23-year-old attacker has been something of a journeyman figure in recent seasons, having had spells with AC Milan, Genoa, Watford, Torino and Rennes in recent years.
Having failed to settle with the Ligue 1 club, and seemingly being surplus to requirements for parent club Torino, the 11-cap Senegal international could be on the move again before long.
Despite his inconsistent form and fragmented career path, the 6’2” striker remains a talented player with plenty of potential and attractive attributes. Considering he could be available for a bargain price in the upcoming January transfer window, Crystal Palace would be wise to try and bring Niang back to the Premier League.
The Eagles are desperate for a goalscorer, with Christian Benteke, Alexander Sorloth, Andros Townsend and Jordan Ayew all struggling to find the back of the net at present. The arrival of Niang could help to relieve the attacking burden currently on Wilfried Zaha.
Whilst Niang has hardly been prolific throughout his career – eight goals in 21 appearances for Milan during the 2015/16 campaign remains his best return to date – he is a good finisher and certainly has potential to improve a great deal in this regard.
The former Watford man would certainly be worth a gamble on Roy Hodgson’s part. If it pays off and Niang gets back to his best at Selhurst Park then his acquisition would go down as a transfer masterstroke.