Villa must put previous transfer business with Brentford behind them to sign Maupay

According to The Mirror, Aston Villa are thought to be interested in Brentford’s Neal Maupay. But considering Scott Hogan’s failings after arriving from the same club, should Villa really be looking to do business?

What’s the word?

Aston Villa are one of three club’s who are thought to have an interest in Maupay according to The Mirror.

Those who are also pondering a move for the potent attacker are Middlesbrough and recently-relegated Huddersfield.

Back in February, the forward spoke about the interest he’d attracted in the winter: “There were rumours this winter, but I wanted to finish the season here. We’ll see in the summer what happens next. Why not play in a Premier League side?”

Villa could well be a Premier League side next season as they currently sit in the play-off places, so the Frenchman’s dream may soon become reality.

Although no fee has been reported, it’s likely a big bid will have to be submitted considering he’s scored 23 league goals this term.

Forget Hogan

Dean Smith clearly has a great love for the player, having been the man to bring him to English football in the first place.

However, the last time Villa paid big money to bring a Brentford forward to the club, it turned out to be a huge failure.

Scott Hogan has struggled for any consistency among a series of injuries in the Midlands and as such, could move to Bristol City this summer.

He’s only scored seven goals for Villa since moving and has since been moved out on loan to Sheffield United.

But, they must ignore the fact Hogan’s become a flop after arriving from the Bees and move for Maupay, confident that lightning won’t strike twice. With Tammy Abraham’s future uncertain and other strikers at the club struggling for goals then the Frenchman’s arrival would be timely.

At just 22, the 5 ft 7 striker has a huge amount of potential and if Villa were to get promoted there should be no concerns over whether he’d able to do it at a higher level.