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M’Baye Niang’s loan move to Saint-Etienne collapses

M’Baye Niang will not be joining Saint-Etienne on loan from Rennes after the deal collapsed.

In a press release, Saint-Etienne blamed the “intervention of agents” for their pursuit of Niang ending in failure.

Niang’s move to the Stade Geoffroy-Guichard was so advanced he had already passed a medical.

But the Senegal international is now poised to stay with Rennes, where he faces a battle for game time.

Rennes paid €14m to bring in Serhou Guirassy during the transfer window, and Niang will have to compete with him.

Even so, head coach Julien Stephan says he will welcome 24-year-old Niang back with open arms.

“Guirassy’s arrival brings competition, but I believe to play at a high level, competition is necessary,” Stephan told RMC Sport.

“If M’Baye wishes to stay here and get back in the project, he is welcome. I welcome him with open arms.”

Niang wanted to leave Rennes this summer, with Marseille tipped as a destination for him, but OM ended their interest in July.

Signed for €15m from Torino last year after a successful loan spell, Niang scored 15 goals in the 2019-20 campaign.


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