M'Baye Niang texts Watford owner Gino Pozzo to appeal for Italy return

Mbaye Niang of Watford reacts after a missed chance during the Premier League match between Watford and West Ham United
Image: M'Baye Niang has asked owner Gino Pozzo to let him leave Watford

Watford forward M'Baye Niang texted the club's owner Gino Pozzo on Thursday, appealing for a return to Italy, Sky sources understand.

The 22-year-old has scored twice since joining the Hornets on loan in January and a deal had been due to become permanent next month, however the French U21 international has struggled to settle in the UK.

Niang's spell at the club got off to an impressive start when he scored on his second Premier League appearance against Burnley in February, but the Frenchman has scored just once since from 15 appearances and headed straight down the tunnel when he was substituted against Chelsea on Monday Night Football.

M'Baye Niang of Watford (L) and Ryan Bertrand of Southampton (R) battle for possession
Image: Niang helped Watford avoid relegation from England's top flight

No transfer fee was confirmed back in January, but managerless Watford, who secured Premier League survival with a 17th-place finish, may choose to look elsewhere rather than pay a hefty fee for a player who wants to leave the club.

Niang, whose Milan contract expires this summer, says a number of reasons have caused a desire to return to Italy, most recently head coach Walter Mazzarri's departure.

Niang has played 15 times for Watford, helping them secure their Premier League survival.

He began his career at Caen in Ligue 1, before switching to Milan as an 18-year-old in 2012.

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