Reported Aston Villa transfer target Neal Maupay is wanted by Burnley, according to the Daily Mail.

Maupay enjoyed an exceptional 2018/19 season in the Championship with Brentford, scoring 28 goals in 49 appearances.

His performances have alerted a number of Premier League clubs, with Villa one of those in the hunt.

Dean Smith is looking to add firepower to his squad ahead of their return to the top flight, especially if they don’t manage to retain the services of Tammy Abraham.

A £9million bid is thought to have been rejected, with Brentford holding out for £20million.

Burnley are believed to be “stepping up” their interest in the 22-year-old, and are expected to “start the bidding” at £15million.

Whether or not Villa decide to up their offer remains to be seen, but losing out on Maupay would be a blow.

Although there is no guarantee he would take his Championship form to the Premier League, he is a young player full of potential.

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