Nottingham Forest are locked in a three-way fight to secure the services of Brighton striker Neal Maupay. The Athletic claims that Everton and Fulham are both keen, with Toffees boss Frank Lampard holding personal talks with the player.

French striker Maupay has fallen down the pecking order. Graham Potter has preferred other options so far this season; despite him scoring nine goals for the Seagulls during the 2021/22 campaign.

Serie A outfit Salternitana are also loitering in the background. Like Forest, they’ve made a £15 million bid for the talisman, but can’t go any further when it comes to the wages.

Forest fight for Maupay
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Fulham are also in the mix. This could be the most unlikely of the three Premier League clubs, however, with Aleksandar Mitrovic in place at Craven Cottage.

Everton are desperate for reinforcements. With that in mind, Lampard has made a personal attempt to speak with Maupay after his team lost their opening two games.

Forest are now looking to finalise their attacking ranks. Emmanuel Dennis was added from Watford last week; joining Taiwo Awoniyi, Brennan Johnson and Sam Surridge in that department.

Steve Cooper will want to ensure he is well-stocked ahead of a tough season. Maupay provides Premier League experience and at 26 he has time on his side too.

Forest locked in fight for Maupay

On Saturday, it appeared that the Reds were almost there when it came to signing Maupay but now there looks to be work left to do.

Ultimately, Maupay will likely choose the best offer. He earns £35,000-a-week and if any of the clubs offer an increase on that he will likely snap their hand off.

Forest fight for Maupay
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The player will be disappointed to have to leave Brighton. Ultimately he wants to be playing football, however, and he wasn’t even in the Brighton squad on Saturday.

At £15 million, Maupay would represent a steal. As a result, Forest might be wise to do what Lampard has done and make their own personal call to the striker.

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