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Mamadou Niang keen on Marseille return

Mamadou Niang has said he would love to return to Marseille, with the club seeking an experienced player to bolster their squad.

There has been little interest in  Niang since he announced he wanted to leave Marseille
Niang has his eyes on a return to his old club.

Speaking after the 2-1 win over Valenciennes, Marseille president Vincent Labrune and coach Jose Anigo told reporters that the club would make an experienced addition to the squad before the end of the transfer window.

Niang, 34, would fit that the bill and remains a popular figure with OM fans for his efforts during a five-year spell at the Stade Velodrome, which included two runners-up finishes in Ligue 1 and the French title in 2009-10.

The forward, who now plays for Qatari club Al Sadd, told RMC he would welcome the opportunity to help his former club challenge for a place in next season's Champions League.

"Of course I would like to return, they're the club in my heart," he said. "I have a lot of friends there. I wouldn't be against going back, even to sit on the bench.

"But I don't know if it's possible. You'll have to ask the board at Marseille. They haven't asked me anything."

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