Championship side Brentford have agreed a deal with Ligue 1 outfit Saint-Etienne to secure the services of starlet Neal Maupay, according to L’Equipe.
The 20-year-old attacker moved to the French club back in 2015 after coming up through the youth ranks and B team at Nice, where he eventually went on to make 53 appearances for the senior side, bagging nine goals in the process.
And although he hasn’t quite nailed down a first team spot at Saint-Etienne, he certainly showed his attacking qualities on loan at Ligue 2 side Brest last term, in which time he scored 11 goals in just 28 league games for the club, in turn helping them to a fifth place finish in the table, two points adrift of champions Strasbourg.
And it appears that his fine goal-scoring form has caught the eye of Brentford manager Dean Smith, and recent reports suggest that the Bees have agreed a deal with Saint-Etienne for the 20-year-old.
Smith’s men finished tenth in the Championship last term but a hefty 18 points adrift of the play-off places, and if they do harbour ambitions of battling for a top six spot next term, they’ll simply have to bolster the squad over the summer.
It has been reported that a €2 million fee has been agreed between the two clubs, in what could turn out to be a very shrewd addition for Brentford in both the short term and the long term.
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