AC Milan have agreed to loan young French attacking midfield player M’Baye Niang to Ligue 1 strugglers Montpellier we understand.
Italian media had announced the probable departure of the player in the January window last month and at the beginning of this week it was understood that AC Milan had begun negotiating with clubs for the player’s departure.
AC Milan received two concrete offers: one from Montpellier and the other from Marseille.
Premier League side Hull City made an enquiry after these two offers were made but have not, at the time of writing, made an offer for the player.
Montpellier flew several representatives out to Milan in an attempt to convince M’Baye Niang to agree a deal with the 2012 Ligue 1 Champions.
Get French Football News understands that Niang made the final decision to agree a deal with Montpellier over Marseille and the player is expected in France for a medical shortly.
The paperwork is agreed for this move to go through, but until the medical is passed there is no guaranteeing anything.
Our friends at L’Equipe understand that Fulham, Hull City, Genoa and Parma had all made contact with Mino Raiola but Montpellier won the race.
Montpellier have agreed to pay a €500k loan fee and there is a €10m buy-out clause in the agreement, despite the Ligue 1 side not having the funds, at least at present, to ever activate that clause.
In the meantime, Montpellier’s sealing of this deal has meant they have abandoned their earlier attempts of bringing in Djibril Cissé on loan from Kuban Krasnodar. The ex-Liverpool, QPR and Marseille man is close to agreeing terms with SC Bastia.