Manchester United and Chelsea target Oumar Niasse is set for a £15m ($21.9m) move to the Premier League in the January transfer window. The in-form Lokomotiv Moscow striker has attracted attention from a number of clubs following impressive performances this season.
According to the Guardian, the Red Devils and the Blues along with Tottenham Hotspur have scouted him a number of times this season with all three clubs looking to shore up their attacking departments before the end of the campaign. Louis van Gaal has seen his forwards struggle to find the back of the net on a consistent basis this campaign, with Chelsea also facing a similar problem with their strikers. The north London club, on the other hand, are looking to bring in a backup for the in-form Harry Kane, who is back to his best after a slow start.
Wayne Rooney and Anthony Martial are struggling as United have won just one of their last nine matches while managing to score just seven goals. The Dutch manager is keen to add speed and creativity to his team and has also been linked with a move for Southampton attacker Sadio Mane. Diego Costa, meanwhile, has only scored six goals for Chelsea all season and with Loic Remy and Radamel Falcao failing to back him up, interim manager Guus Hiddink will be keen to add another forward to improve their chances of finishing in the top four or at least the top six.
Niasse has been in fine form for his club this campaign and has notched up an impressive tally of 13 goals and 10 assists in 23 games. Apart from the three Premier League big guns, the report claims that European sides AS Monaco and Bayer Leverkusen are also interested and have already had bids turned down by the Russian club.
Despite interest from clubs across Europe, the 25-year-old Senegal international, who was named the Russian Premier League's player of 2015, is reportedly keen on a move to England. Moreover, the 20-time English champions could have an advantage over the other clubs owing to the fact that the striker's wife is based in Manchester, which the report claims is one of the reasons he has his heart set on a switch to the Premier League.