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Report: Everton eye Brighton attacker, Marseille also keen

Sky Sports claim Everton are battling Marseille in the race for Brighton striker Neal Maupay – but Financial Fairplay could scupper a move.

Maupay, 25, has been excellent for Brighton since joining the club for £20million (Sky Sports) in the summer of 2019 from Brentford.

In his first season, Maupay netted 10 Premier League goals – and then eight more last season in 33. This time around, he has two in two.

Everton are keen to bring in competition for Dom Calvert-Lewin up top. Moise Kean and Cenk Tosun are likely to be sold in the coming days.

The report says Everton and Marseille are keen. But to satisfy FFP rules, Everton need to sell before they can bring in France U21 star Maupay.

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Maupay to Everton: Move unwise for Brighton striker

Everton do need cover for Calvert-Lewin. They need a striker that can compete with the England star and if he is unavailable, replace him.

Josh King was brought in for nothing in January but he has already left after a tricky half-season spell. The Norwegian is now at Watford.

Given Maupay is in solid form and now proven in the Premier League, he is likely to cost far more than Brighton paid for him.

He could even cost a figure north of £30million with Brighton under no pressure to sell. He has a contract at Brighton until June 2023.

But for Maupay, leaving Brighton to be second choice at Everton is hardly a move he should entertain. Continuing to impress at Brighton is better.

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