Watford bring in AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang

French youngster arrives on loan

BY Raf Diallo 18:16 Thursday 26 January 2017, 18:16 26 Jan 2017

AC Milan's M'Baye Niang lies on the ground during a Serie A soccer match between AC Milan and Cagliari, in Milan's San Siro stadium, Italy, Sunday, Jan. 8, 2017. (AP Photo/Luca Bruno)

Watford have confirmed that they have agreed to sign AC Milan forward M'Baye Niang on loan until the end of the season.

The Hornets have the option to make the move permanent in the summer.

He is the club's third signing of the January transfer window.

The 22 year old Frenchman has scored three goals in 18 appearances for Milan this season.

When he first emerged as a teenage talent at French club Caen in 2011, Niang was highly rated and linked with some of Europe's bigger clubs.

Milan won the race for his signature in 2012, although they have often loaned him out.

The Watford move is his third loan away from the San Siro, having previously played for Montpellier and Genoa in temporary deals.

Eligible to represent the Senegal national team, Niang has been capped at underage level for France but not at senior.

Watford have handed him the No 21 shirt for the remainder of the season.

Getting regular goals from their strikers has been a problem for the Hornets during the 2016-17 season.

Last season's top scorer Odion Ighalo has not replicated his form form the previous campaign, with the Nigerian finding the net just once in the Premier League this season.

Club captain Troy Deeney has scored five goals this season, while Stefano Okaka has two. 

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