By ESPNSTAR.com staff
A highly rated prospect in French football, Niang attracted interest from teams like Juventus, Manchester City and Tottenham during his days in the Caen reserve squad. Nonetheless, the teenager stayed with his club and went on to become the youngest ever player to play for the Caen senior team during the 2010/11 Ligue 1 season.
Despite Caen's relegation from top flight football recently, Niang's reputation remains intact, and he is keen to leave his boyhood club for greener pastures. Identified by Arsenal's scouting network, the Frenchman went on trial with the Gunners squad last week and is currently awaiting manager Arsene Wenger's verdict.
However, Wenger's interest in Niang has alerted the club's London rivals Tottenham, who have now offered the forward a similar arrangement. Spurs are prepared to pip Arsenal for Niang's signature by making a five million pound bid should manager Andres Villas-Boas approve the pursuit.
The Daily Mirror reports that City executive Brian Marwood is also keeping tabs on Niang and has personally made an approach to Caen regarding the player's availability.