Sheffield United have asked about taking Everton forward Neal Maupay as they ponder potential replacements for Iliman Ndiaye.
Maupay has had a tough time of things since moving to Everton in a deal worth around £15m last summer.
The former Brighton man missed a host of glorious chances throughout last season and failed to plug the gap needed while Dominic Calvert-Lewin was out injured.
However, that’s not stopped United being interested. According to FootballTransfers, The Blades are keen on Maupay and have asked Everton about a possible loan deal.
The French forward managed just the single goal last season. But Maupay has been on United’s radar since the club were promoted under Chris Wilder and has obviously remained on the list.
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Everton are overhauling their squad a tad this summer. Maupay, then, could well be open to a move.
Any loan deal would need to be carefully considered by United. Premier League rules state only two domestic loans are allowed.
Maupay could well be seen as a short-term fix for if Iliman Ndiaye leaves. Reports are suggesting Marseille have agreed terms with his agents but United are also thought to have offered him a hefty new contract.
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While Neal Maupay is a player of Premier League experience and quality, there is a strong argument that we could perhaps use our Premier League loans better.
Maupay has just not produced for Everton despite doing ok with Brighton. Of course, that’s not to say he wouldn’t thrive at Bramall Lane.
There would be far worse options out there for United. And in reality, we aren’t ever going to ‘replace’ Ndiaye’s quality.
Maupay would be a nice enough addition. But the idea of using one of the loan slots on him just leaves a tinge of doubt.