Wednesday, 24 December 2008

Everton To Swoop For Niang?


Premier League club Everton are to turn to Senegal International Mamadou Niang at Ligue 1 side Olympique Marseille, when the transfer window reopens in January as manager David Moyes looks to add some much needed firepower to an injury ravaged frontline at the Merseyside club.

The Toffees had been heavily linked with a move for Brazilian International Vagner Love at Russian side CSKA Moscow, who reportedly almost joined the Premiership club on loan in the summer, but after making a fresh approach have been priced out of any opportunity to land the Brazilian striker by CSKA.

This has led Moyes to 29-year-old Niang, who has been at the Stade Velodrome since joining from RC Strasbourg in 2005, with the striker scoring 45 goals in 109 appearances during his time at Marseille. Niang has also scored 13 goals in 27 caps for Senegal.

Everton have a severe shortage of forwards at Goodison Park, with Yakubu and James Vaughan both out with long-term injuries and summer signing Louis Saha suffering from persistent hamstring troubles. In addition to this Victor Anichebe is out with a back problem, which means Moyes having to push midfielder Tim Cahill into a more forward role against Chelsea in the Premier League on Monday.

Whether Les Phoceens are willing to part with Niang remains to be seen, with the striker finishing as the second highest goal-scorer in the French league last season and was an integral part of the Marseille side, which finished 3rd and qualified for the Champions League.

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