Tottenham have opened talks with representatives of Rennes striker Mbaye Niang, claims a report.
L’Equipe via Get French Football News report that Spurs “have positioned themselves” for 25-year-old Niang and have made contact with the player’s representatives.
Niang is under contract until 2023 with Rennes, but has a €30m exit clause in his contract.
Ligue 1 rivals Marseille are also interested in the Senegal international and the report claims the player recently told Canal Football Club that he would take a salary cut in order to join Marseille.
As per the source, the player has been looking for a place to buy in Marseille, where his wife is from, although Rennes insist there has been no offer.
Rennes president Nicolas Holveck told RTL on Saturday: “We have not received a single offer, there is no contact.”
Lyon and Monaco are also believed to be keen on the player and have could move should they lose Moussa Dembele and Wissam Ben Yedder respectively.
OM though appear to be closer to a deal, although they will not want to pay his €30m buyout clause and Rennes are unlikely to drop too much below that figure.
Just where Spurs’ interest fits in is unclear, but the the source claim “the playing time offered by Spurs is very minimal”.
That could well prove to be a deal breaker for Jose Mourinho, just as it has rumoured to have been with Nigeria international Victor Osimhen.
Ariyo Igbayilola told The Cable: “We told Mourinho that if he wants Victor, will Harry Kane be leaving?
“If Harry Kane is still playing for Tottenham will Victor play? Because he will always be benched for him.”
Talk of Kane leaving has been rife in the last few months, and the England man made it clear he would not stick around “for the sake of it”.
It seems Spurs are finding it difficult to find another striker for their squad with kingpin Kane leading the line in north London.