Fulham and Everton are trying to hijack Nottingham Forest in their quest to sign Neal Maupay. TalkSPORT journalist Alex Crook has claimed that the Premier League outfits have made eleventh-hour attempts to snatch the Brighton man.
It was claimed over the weekend that Forest had seen a £15 million bid accepted. The Frenchman was thought to be in advanced talks with the 26-year-old who has fallen out of favour under Seagulls boss Graham Potter.
Forest are still looking to bolster their squad. Emmanuel Dennis checked in on Trentside last weekend to complement an attacking department that includes Taiwo Awoniyi, Brennan Johnson and Sam Surridge but more could follow.
Maupay signed for Brighton in 2019. He has been Brighton’s top striker in recent years, scoring 27 goals and claiming eight assists from 109 appearances for the club. During 2021/22, he scored nine times from 25 starts.
At £15 million, the Frenchman doesn’t look badly priced. His arrival at Forest would give the team four decent strikers as they bid to ensure that their maiden Premier League campaign in 23 years doesn’t end in relegation.
Interestingly, Forest go to Everton on Saturday. At this stage, it’s not clear whether he will fancy a move to Saturday’s opponents or choose to make a return to London having previously played for Brentford in the Championship.
Fulham and Everton trying for Maupay
Forest might still win the race. They are the club that are quite far down the line when it comes to negotiations, with both Everton and Fulham having work to do.
Marco Silva’s outfit perhaps offer the biggest competition. The Cottagers can offer Maupay a return to Fulham and in London, the salary on offer is likely to be substantial.
Forest have recruited well this summer. They’ve already beaten off lots of clubs when it comes to signing other players and they won’t be fazed.
Having Maupay’s experience of scoring goals at top-flight level would be ideal. As a result, the Reds will hope to convince the £35,000-a-week player to join Forest.