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Forlin: Striker Bid Rejected But Talks Continue

Arsenal have seen their opening offer for Manchester City and Tottenham target M’Baye Niang rejected by French side Caen, according to the clubs president.

With the summer transfer window in full swing, Football Talk will be keeping you up-to-date with all the latest transfer news throughout the summer. Today, Arsenal have seen a bid rejected for a young striker.

M'Baye Niang

Arsenal have seen their opening offer for starlet M’Baye Niang rejected by French side Caen, according to the clubs president.

The 17-year-old, who spent time on trial at Arsenal London Colney last week, has been strongly linked with a move to the Premier League this summer with the Mirror claiming Manchester City and Tottenham had also invited the highly-rated attacker to spend time with them ahead of a possible permanent transfer.

The Gunners are understood to have made the first move by submitting an official offer, however talkSPORT are reporting today that Caen have knocked back Arsene Wenger’s opening bid, believed to be just £980,000, with the French outfit holding out for at least £1.4m for the youngster.

The clubs president, Jean-Francois Forlin, confirmed the offer was short of their expectations and although he refused to name the bidding club, talkSPORT understand the interested party is Arsenal. Despite the setback, Forlin also revealed talks will continue between the two clubs.

“The offer made by the English club did not reach the amount we want, but we are still in touch,”

Forlin is quoted as saying by talkSPORT

Niang has become one of the most highly-rated prospects in French football after breaking into the Caen first team aged just 16. He has gone on to make 30 league appearances and became the youngster scorer in Ligue 1 history when he netted during a 1-1 draw with Lens in May 2011.

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  1. gunner357

    July 18, 2012 at 4:34 pm

    get him theres a lot of fuss bout him I’m a goner for life so I’m happy were building for the future. follow me @kyekye45

  2. Goona

    July 18, 2012 at 4:38 pm

    Nice if it happens as the lad can learn from the more experienced players. 3 goals in 20 odd games for a striker young though he is does not fill me with excitement.

    Having said that he’s certainly worth a gamble, he can only improve.

  3. durban blue moon

    July 18, 2012 at 4:45 pm

    ‘3 goals in 20 odd games’, —- should blend in nicely at the Emirates

  4. yomexie

    July 18, 2012 at 5:00 pm

    Let’s hv this guy n stop bringing out a star only for clubs like city to hv. All we hv to do is to selll some deadwoods n strengthen our squads …clubs like barca, city n so on do d same. We hv players like dt…they r not standing even nt notoring any injury for that mate. Believe me we need mire than just podo n giroud atnd moment, we need more strikers even if rvp stay. Get rid if chamach, arsavin n sine more of them. N get ppl like ganso, lewan, n so on. Gunners 4life.

  5. Andy

    July 18, 2012 at 10:52 pm

    can we get that English yomexie?

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