Neal Maupay is attracting interest from Leeds United and a number of Championship rivals this month, but Brentford don’t want to sell and have placed a club-record transfer fee on the striker.
Leeds are well in the hunt for promotion this season and, according to the Mirror’s live transfer blog (10/01, 01:25), they hold an interest in Maupay along with Aston Villa and Middlesbrough.
However, the Mirror’s report states that Brentford aren’t willing to sell their French striker this winter, slapping a huge £20m price-tag on Maupay.
Currently, Maupay, 22, is amongst the Championship’s leading goalscorers after an outstanding start to the season with the Bees.
In 24 appearances this season, Maupay has scored 15 goals and registered six assists for the Bees, including a goal from the penalty spot when Leeds drew 1-1 with Brentford earlier in the campaign.
Currently, Leeds’ top goalscorer is Kemar Roofe, with the 26-year-old forward only two goals behind Maupay having netted 13 for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
In addition to Roofe, Leeds have youngster Tyler Roberts and Patrick Bamford, who has missed large parts of the season through two knee injuries.
Bamford’s most recent appearance brought a winning goal in a 1-0 victory over Bolton Wanderers.
This is surprising as of all the positions Leeds need to strengthen, centre forward isn’t one of those.
Roofe is in fine form and arguably just as good as Maupay at this stage, whilst Bamford will soon return to action again and provide Bielsa with an alternative.
At the asking price too, this seems unlikely to happen.
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