TalkSPORT broadcaster Ian Abrahams reckons that Newcastle United could sign Brentford striker Neal Maupay this summer.
Maupay, 22, scored 29 goals and supplied nine assists in 49 appearances across all competitions for Brentford last season, even though they only managed a mid-table finish in the Championship.
The former France Under-21 international has been linked with a move away from Griffin Park this summer and Sky Sports has reported that Aston Villa and West Ham are among clubs to have shown interest in the £20million-rated centre-forward.
Abrahams has mooted a potential move for Newcastle to sign Maupay now that they have Steve Bruce on board and has also suggested that Swansea’s Oli McBurnie and Hull’s Jarrod Bowen could also be targets for the Tyneside club.
“Who will new Newcastle boss Steve Bruce sign between now and August 8? Wouldn’t surprise me if he looked at some top talent in the Championship,” said Abrahams via his personal Twitter account on Thursday morning.
“Neal Maupay, Oli McBurnie and I wouldn’t wish to upset the Hull fans but there is someone he had at Hull…young, winger scores loads of goals.”
Maupay was one of the best players in the Championship last season for Brentford. He simply couldn’t stop scoring for the London club as he hit the back of the net against top teams in the second-tier like Aston Villa, Leeds, Sheffield United and Derby. However the chances of Newcastle signing Maupay have to be low based on the club’s reportedly imminent £36million swoop for Joelinton. Would the Magpies spend £36million on Joelinton and then £20million on Maupay? Everyone who knows who Mike Ashley is and what he’s about will know the answer to that. Newcastle have other areas of the squad that need to be strengthened and once Joelinton comes in, it’s hard to see Bruce being allowed to spend more money on another striker unless it’s for a very cheap player or even a free agent. Newcastle need to sign a couple of new wings, which is why Abrahams suggestion about Bowen is perhaps the most intriguing of the three players he mooted for a move to Newcastle before next season kicks off.