Aston Villa are keen to sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay during the summer transfer window, according to The Mirror.
The report also suggests that the Bees talisman is on the radar of Middlesbrough and Huddersfield too.
It will perhaps be Villa who are in pole position given that boss Dean Smith was the man who signed him for £1.6 million at Brentford.
Maupay has been in fantastic form this season netting an impressive 25 goals.
Given Villa’s potential situation with Financial Fair Play, it seems likely that they will only pursue the Frenchman should they win promotion to the Premier League.
Villa will lose Tammy Abraham in the summer. He will return to parent club Chelsea and leave Smith with a void to fill in attack.
Brentford’s transfer policy of signing foreign imports and selling them for a huge profit looks evident again here.
Maupay will undoubtedly fetch a solid transfer fee given his age and goalscoring record.
The French forward has been one of the Championship’s most prolific striker’s this season and would relish a move to the Premier League.
Villa might be held at ransom should they reach the top flight. If Brentford knows they have a new-found wealth following promotion, they could demand more for their star man.