West Ham United are among three new clubs interested in Sheffield United target Neal Maupay.
Football Insider reports the Hammers have turned their attention to Maupay after missing out on three others. They have failed in their attempts to sign Maxi Gomez, Salomon Rondon and Callum Wilson.
West Ham are prepared to offer Maupay a significant pay rise in order to tempt him to the London Stadium. The same report also says Brighton and Hove Albion are interested.
According to the Express and Star, Maupay currently earns around £8,000-a-week at Griffin Park. The Hammers will give the 22-year-old a “massive wage hike” to sign for them.
The East London club have also been told it will take a bid in excess of £15m for the Bees to allow Maupay to leave.
As well as West Ham, who else wants Maupay?
As already mentioned, Brighton are among the Premier League sides that have also joined the chase for the Frenchman.
It was already known that there was interest from Aston Villa as well. The Villans are managed by Maupay’s former Brentford boss Dean Smith, who is known to be keen on the striker.
That will increase should Jonathan Kodjia leave Villa Park, although they have already spent a club record £22m on forward Wesley this summer.
Yet the interest from the West Midlands doesn’t end there. The same Express and Star article says that West Bromwich Albion have now joined the hunt.
This comes after losing Jay Rodriguez to Burnley and missing out on Dwight Gayle. After a successful season on loan, the Baggies wanted to make Gayle’s move from Newcastle United permanent. However, his wage demands of £55,000-a-week put an end to that.
Salomon Rondon is also expected to leave the Hawthorns in the near future.
West Brom are likely to face an uphill struggle to sign Maupay, though. Unlike the other interested parties, they cannot offer top flight football.