Unless something dramatic happens between now and the end of the transfer window, AC Milan’s M’baye Niang will not be finishing the 2016-17 season at the San Siro.

Vincenzo Montella admitted Sunday the player was in talks with the Italian club regarding a potential exit this January, and the Premier League looks to be his most likely destination.

Earlier on Wednesday, TuttoMercatoWeb reported that West Ham and Liverpool were possible clubs the forward could end up in, but Gazzetta dello Sport add another two into the mix: Crystal Palace and Everton.

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Why Ronald Koeman would bring in another inconsistent forward, having just shipped Deulofeu off to AC Milan on loan, remains a mystery, but Palace’s interest makes a bit more sense.

The Eagles are currently one of the most active teams on the transfer market, with Steve Parish seemingly very willing to back Sam Allardyce in order to maintain their top tier status, and a move for the French forward could be on the cards.

However, this doesn’t meant the transfer would be permanent, as Gazzetta dello Sport also leave the door open for the deal being a straight loan with no option to buy, and seeing how the player fares between now and the summer.

Bottom line is: getting rid of Niang, even temporarily, would allow Montella and AC Milan to ensure Deulofeu, a player they hold in high esteem, some guaranteed game time.