Pontus Jansson hopes his team can keep Aston Villa-linked Neal Maupay.

Time is running out for Aston Villa on the Neal Maupay front.

The transfer window shuts on Thursday and the Villans, despite having a sensational summer in terms of recruitment, have still only signed the one striker – Wesley Moraes.

Aston Villa boss Dean Smith will still need another and, according to 90Min, the West Midlands outfit remain interested in the £20 million-rated Brentford hitman.

Interestingly, he was left out of the Bees’ squad for Saturday’s 1-0 defeat by Birmingham City at Griffin Park.

Speaking to The Argus at full-time, new Brentford centre-back Pontus Jansson claims that he is ‘such a good striker’ and hopes that the Championship side can keep him beyond Thursday.

He said: “We all want him to stay because he is such a good striker. All of us want the window to close and then after that we won’t need these questions.

“For me, he is one of the best strikers in the league so I want him to stay at Brentford.”

Aston Villa kick off their long-awaited Premier League return with a trip to Tottenham next weekend.

And beginning the season with one striker who has never kicked a ball in England is hardly ideal.

Smith has signed 12 players this summer – 12 very good players, too – but it might count for little if Wesley doesn’t do the business. Maupay is a must.

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