Pontus Jansson has told Brentford teammate Neal Maupay to ignore reported interest from Aston Villa and West Brom and stay at Griffin Park, when talking to his new club’s official website.
Jansson, 28, joined the Bees this summer in a surprise switch from Leeds United. The Sweden international has since claimed that the £5.5million occurred due to Leeds needing the money to end Financial Fairplay concerns.
He has since been quoted as saying that he asked his agent to secure a move to Brentford above any other Championship club, due to the talent within the squad. A large part of that is likely to be Maupay.
The Frenchman netted 25 Championship goals last season and the Standard claim Brentford want £20million with Villa keen, while the Express & Star carry West Brom’s interest. Jansson says he hopes Maupay stays.
“For me [he is] one of the best attackers in the Championship and last year was a good statement of that. Of course, I would be really happy if he stays, I really hope so,” Jansson said.
“He’s still working hard on the pitch every day and in the gym, he’s always there and works hard. For me he is a top guy and also a top person even outside the pitch, but on the pitch, he is one of the best strikers in the league.”
TBR’s view – Maupay would be excellent Villa signing
Villa could do with another striker this summer and have been linked with a move for the Frenchman, despite already boasting Jonathan Kodjia and spending a big fee on Wesley Moraes.
There are doubts as to whether Kodjia can hack it in the Premier League, and that may convince Dean Smith to bring in Maupay from his old side. West Brom also need a striker, but they have signed Kenneth Zohore.
Maupay may have to remain patient for the chance to get his name in the starting eleven beyond Wesley, but certainly the French ace has the ability to rival Wesley.