Manchester City are keen on Olympique Marseille striker Mahamadou Niang.

The Mirror says City boss Sven-Goran Eriksson sent top spy Tord Grip to watch the 28-year-old Senegalese speed merchant in a scoring display against Lille at the weekend.

Niang can play the type of solo striker role Eriksson is looking for in his City system and he is rated at £8million.