Niang had Caen consent

Parent club release statement about Arsenal trialist

Mbaye Niang: On trial at Arsenal with the consent of his employer

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Caen have moved to confirm that Mbaye Niang went on trial at Arsenal with the full permission of the club.

As revealed by Sky Sports, the highly-rated 17-year-old forward has had a trial at the Emirates Stadium with a view to a permanent switch.

Reports had suggested the youngster had travelled to England to secure a deal with one of Arsenal, Tottenham or Newcastle without the agreement of his parent club.

But Caen has denied those claims while also making clear that no bid has been received for the £5million-rated talent.

A statement on Caen's official website read: "Contrary to what has been written on certain French and foreign websites, Mbaye Niang has left to have a trial at Arsenal with the agreement of president Jean-Francois Fortin and technical staff headed by Patrice Garande.

"At this point, Caen has not received any offer from a club, either in France or abroad, for Mbaye Niang."