Niang sets sights on L'OM
By Patrick Haond
Last Updated: 01/01/70 1:00am
Strasbourg's Mamadou Niang has made no secret of his desire to move to Marseille.Strasbourg striker Mamadou Niang has made no secret of his desire to seal a switch to Ligue 1 rivals Marseille.
New l'OM boss Jean Fernandez has made the Senegalese hit-man a prime target as he seeks to reshape the squad after taking over from Philippe Troussier, and both parties have now entered into negotiations regarding a potential deal.
Whilst Niang has been the subject of sustained interest from England, with both Arsenal and Everton monitoring his development, he has now set his sights firmly on a move to Stade Velodrome.
"Perhaps it is time for me to find something new?" Niang told France Football.
"I know Strasbourg would like me to stay , but I want to know a high level.
"When Jose Anigo contacted me some weeks ago I was a little surprised.
"That club represents so much for me, as for any African.
"I know both clubs have started to negotiate, even though I still have three years remaining on my contract with Strasbourg, I hope it will be possible to find an agreement.
"l'OM is very attractive, if it was only up to me I would already be there.
"I know there are other clubs attracted both in France and abroad, but l'OM is my priority and preference."
In other news Strasbourg have snapped up Pontus Farnerud from Monaco on a three-year-deal despite interest in his services from Sampdoria and Espanyol.
The Swede will link up with brother Alexander at Stade de la Meinau after previously enjoying a loan spell with Racing, and admitted that the offer of a central midfield role swayed his decision.
"It feels completely right to make this club change," Farnerud told Sportbladet.
"It is the role as a central midfielder that suits me best and that is one of the reasons I chose Strasbourg."