Gunners enter Niang chase

Wenger to rival Real for Caen starlet

By Pete O'Rourke - Follow me: @skysportspeteo.   Last Updated: 25/08/11 3:45pm

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Skysports.com understands Arsenal have entered the race for France's latest teenage sensation M'Baye Niang.

Niang is regarded as one of the best young talents in Europe after breaking into the Caen first-team last season at the age of 16.

The 6ft frontman only made his first-team debut in April and scored three goals in seven games.

His emergence has attracted interest from a host of clubs across Europe with Tottenham, Manchester City and Liverpool all credited with an interest in Niang.

Spanish giants Real Madrid have also made an enquiry for Niang with Real's director of football Zinedine Zidane hoping to lure the youngster to the Santiago Bernabeu.

Real are thought to have offered Caen €11million for Niang and are ready to loan him back to the Ligue 1 outfit as they look to win the race for his signature.

However, Arsenal have expressed an interest in Niang, with Gunners boss Arsene Wenger keen to bring the forward to the Emirates.

Wenger is believed to have made an enquiry to Caen manager Franck Dumas to be kept informed on Niang's situation and he is hoping his French connections will help in his bid to sign the youngster.

The Frenchman has shown at Arsenal his talent for unearthing and developing young players with potential and he could now move for Niang before the close of the transfer window.

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