Before Arsenal’s 0-0 draw with Sporting in the Europa League last night, reports claimed that Roy Hodgson was interested in a £10m January swoop for Danny Welbeck.
The Crystal Palace manager stuck by the much-maligned forward when he was manager of England and saw him as someone capable of adding goals to his shot-shy Eagles squad.
But those transfer plans will have to be shelved after Welbeck suffered a serious injury in last night’s goalless draw.
Fortunately, there is an in-form striker in England who has been priced up already for the same £10m fee that Hodgson was reportedly looking to pay for Welbeck.
After Dean Smith’s departure to join Aston Villa, the Bees’ promotion hopes took a major knock and Maupay may fancy the prospect of securing top flight football without his current team-mates.
He would not need to leave London, which should help him settle at Palace, and if Hodgson has £10m to spend on a striker in January, red-hot Maupay is as good as he is going to find.