Championship side Brentford are keeping tabs on Saint-Etienne forward Neal Maupay, who spent last season on loan at Ligue 2 side Brest, according to reports in France.
The 20-year-old moved to Saint-Etienne back in 2015 after coming up through the youth ranks and B team at Ligue 1 side Nice, before going on to appear 53 times for the senior team, netting nine goals in the process.
Yet last season was by far his best in front of goal in his professional career to date, with Maupay bagging 11 goals in just 28 league appearances for Brest to help them to a fifth place finish in the French second tier, albeit only two points adrift of champions Strasbourg.
And his fine goal-scoring form in France last term appears to have attracted interest from Dean Smith’s Brentford, who are reportedly keeping an eye on Maupay’s situation at the club ahead of a potential move this summer.
The Bees finished tenth in the Championship last season but still 16 points adrift of safety, and it’s clear that reinforcements are needed at Griffin Park if they are to indeed bridge that gap in the coming campaign.
And although going forward doesn’t appear to be an issue, they scored 75 goals last season, bringing in a talented forward like Maupay, especially if they were to lose star man Jota this summer amid interest from the Premier League, could be exactly what they need to improve next season.
Nonetheless, it very much remains to be seen whether Smith and the Brentford hierarchy do indeed go in for the French striking sensation this summer.
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