Aston Villa look set to lose star striker Tammy Abraham, who is likely to join Wolves on loan, according to The London Evening Standard and other media outlets.
This could be a potentially season-shattering move for Aston Villa, who desperately need to replace Abraham’s goals.
The 21-year-old had struck 16 times in the Championship, making him the joint top scorer in the division.
In their quest to find Abraham’s successor, Aston Villa have targeted Neal Maupay, according to The Sun.
Dean Smith worked with Maupay at Brentford and is ready to raid his old club for their star striker.
But there may be one thing holding Maupay back: taking a look at Scott Hogan’s career.
Hogan moved from Brentford to Aston Villa in January 2017 but his two years in the West Midlands have been an absolute disaster.
With just seven league goals in 56 games, the 26-year-old’s career has stalled after he netted 21 times in 33 games for the Bees.
Hogan’s stuttering career will act as a warning to Maupay, who will not want to repeat the Republic of Ireland international’s career pattern.
But Maupay has all the ingredients to succeed at Aston Villa despite Hogan’s warning.
With 16 goals and six assists this season, the France under-21 man is one of the best strikers in the league.
And playing under Smith could help him take his career to the next level.
The 22-year-old could excel at Villa Park with service from the likes of Yannick Bolasie and Jack Grealish.
And this could take his career one step further than Hogan managed.