Manchester City are chasing Olympique Marseille striker Mamadou Niang.

The Guardian says City have sounded out Marseille for both Niang and young midfielder Samir Nasri.

Alistair Mackintosh, the City chief executive, spoke to Marseille's president Pape Diouf on Monday, initially to see if they were interested in signing Ousmane Dabo, who is not in manager Sven-Goran Eriksson's plans and has indicated he wants to return to France. Mackintosh made Diouf aware of City's interest in Niang and Nasri but got a lukewarm response. There was also a conversation about whether Marseille might want Georgios Samaras, who is undecided about whether to join Birmingham.