Brentford have received enquiries for Sheffield United target Neal Maupay, reports the Evening Standard.
There have been no “concrete” bids for Maupay as yet, but there is interest. Aston Villa and Brighton and Hove Albion are also keen.
Football Insider claims Villa have made an approach, while West Ham United are the latest to join the chase.
This interest is said to have affected the striker. So much so that Maupay was sent away from the Bees’ pre-season training camp in Austria.
The 22-year-old was withdrawn from the squad for the friendly with Dynamo Kiev because he was “not in the right frame of mind.” He returned to his home country of France.
However, Maupay is now expected to rejoin the team in West London.
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Brentford are financially secure and are therefore under no pressure to sell the Frenchman. Yet if Maupay does decide he wants to leave Griffin Park then the Bees will demand £20m for his services.
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The same Football Insider article says that West Ham are prepared to offer Maupay a significant pay rise to join them.
According to the Express and Star, the attacker earns £8,000-a-week currently. They also say that West Bromwich Albion are keen on Maupay, but are behind the Premier League teams in the pecking order.
Yet BBC Sport reports Eintracht Frankfurt striker Sebastien Haller is on his way to the London Stadium ahead of a club record £45m move. So whether the Hammers want another forward is debatable.
For the Blades, it seems that Maupay is their second choice if they fail in their attempts to sign Oli McBurnie. The Guardian reports they’ve had a £15m bid for the Swansea City attacker rejected.
It means they may now turn to Maupay as an alternative.