Brentford striker Neal Maupay looks set to move on this summer.
Maupay, 22, has become one of the Championship's deadliest strikers, and his 25 goals last season have unsurprisingly sparked major interest.
The French attacker had been left out of Brentford's pre-season tour of Austria to clear his head, and speculation continues to surround his future.
Despite receiving interest from Villa, it's thought that Maupay is interested in exploring a potential move to Sheffield United, another newly-promoted Premier League side.
Those chance may have taken a hit though, as the Blades just confirmed the club-record capture of another French striker; Lys Mousset of Bournemouth.
Chris Wilder now has Billy Sharp, David McGoldrick and Mousset at his disposal, whilst he could also use new signing Callum Robinson off a striker.
The chances of spending £15million-plus on Maupay have somewhat diminished, but Wilder may still hope to bring the former Saint-Etienne man to Bramall Lane.
Free-spending Villa will be lurking, after Maupay played for Smith at Brentford, and adding a young striker with great movement in Maupay alongside a physical presence in Wesley could be a great mix for Smith – but it all depends on that price tag and whether Sheffield United can mount a move to sign him after their recent outlay.
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