Aston Villa have been pretty successful this summer when it comes to transfers, but it seems one player has slipped through the net.
On Monday evening, Brentford striker Neal Maupay, who was touted for a move to Aston Villa, has joined Brighton and Hove Albion, as reported by BBC Sport.
It is said that the 22-year-old has made the switch from England’s second tier to the Premier League for a fee in the region of £20 million.
Villa have spent a lot since their promotion to the Premier League – adding a total of 12 players to their squad as they take on Tottenham on the opening weekend this Saturday.
Ahead of that encounter, Villa have a strong squad at their disposal, but they do need that extra striker before Thursday’s deadline.
Dean Smith worked with Maupay during his time at Griffin Park and he would have known the Frenchman’s game inside out.
There’s no doubt that the Villa Park faithful would have been keen to see Maupay join them this summer given his talents – he netted 25 goals in the Championship last season.
Only a few days remain before Thursday’s deadline and it remains to be seen whether Smith and Co. will add any finishing touches to their squad.