According to Sky Sports News, Middlesbrough are keen on Brentford striker Neal Maupay, but the Bees’ asking price may put off the Teesiders.

As reported on The72 this week, Middlesbrough are pursuing a deal for Brentford midfielder Romaine Sawyers, but it is not just the Saint Kitts and Nevis international that Boro are eyeing from the Greater London side.

Neal Maupay has been attracting attention from several clubs in both the Championship and the Premier League, with the Frenchman boasting an impressive goalscoring record of 15 goals in 24 games in just his second season in England.

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To put that into perspective, Middlesbrough have only scored 28 goals in the league this season, with their top scorer Britt Assombalonga scoring eight.

However, the report by Sky Sports News suggests Middlesbrough may be put off by the Bees’ asking price for the forward, with Thomas Frank’s side looking for a fee in the region of £20 million, which would break Boro’s transfer record of £15 million set by Assombalonga’s move in summer 2017 from Nottingham Forest.

Huddersfield are also tracking Maupay closely given their struggles in front of goal, as well as Aston Villa, but it is not known if he has a preferred destination as of yet.

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Aston Villa look to have kept hold of on loan Chelsea striker Tammy Abraham for the remainder of the season, and may not need to move for the Brentford front man. However, Middlesbrough forwards Rudy Gestede and Ashley Fletcher have been linked with moves away to Ipswich and Hull respectively, and could use the money generated from sales to move for Maupay.

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