The Evening Standard claim Brentford have received initial enquiries over star striker Neal Maupay this summer, amid reported interest from Aston Villa and West Bromwich Albion.
The report credits Dean Smith’s side as one of the clubs keen to land the 22-year-old striker, who took the Championship by storm last season, netting 25 goals in 43 league games – as well as laying on eight assists.
The Standard also reports that Brighton and Sheffield United are keen on the France Under-21 international, while the Express & Star claims Slaven Bilic’s West Brom want to sign the former OGC Nice striker.
Maupay was left out of Brentford’s 22-man squad over the weekend for the Bees’ pre-season friendly encounter against Dynamo Kiev in Austria, which ended in a 0-0 draw. He has two years remaining on his contract.
The report also claims that initial enquiries have been made, but that Brentford want as much as £20million for the services of Maupay – considering his age and last season’s electric form in front of goal.
TBR’s view – Do Villa need Maupay? Can West Brom afford him?
Aston Villa have already splashed out on a striker this summer, bringing in Wesley Moraes for a club-record fee thought to be in the region of £22.5million. They also boast Jonathan Kodjia and Keinan Davis.
The club has already spent £100million after signing Bjorn Engels. It should see them have a tighter stronghold on finances for the rest of the summer, and spending £20million on Maupay is unjustified.
Meanwhile, the Baggies desperately need Maupay. Dwight Gayle has returned to Newcastle, Salomon Rondon is off to China and Jay Rodriguez has rejoined Burnley. Whether West Brom will pay £20million, is another question.