Date: 7th January 2019 at 7:30am
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With the weekend seeing a return to the speculation linking Aston Villa with a move for Brentford striker Neal Maupay – but this time as a replacement for on-loan Tammy Abraham – a number of fans would understandably welcome it.

I covered the ‘report’ if you can even call it that from the Sun a short time ago.

Their own maths don’t add up and, as ever, there’s not a solid piece of information to really go off that hasn’t already been force-fed by the rumour mill in the game, but since the arrival of head coach Dean Smith, Maupay – given his performances for them and goal return this season – has been a well-trodden subject.

I don’t buy it and I think Brentford have better pickings myself and I certainly don’t buy the ‘Smith knows him well’ excuses, because the same is very true of Scott Hogan and I’d hoped he’d reinvent himself at Villa as Smith previously got the best from him, but that’s been more disappointing than ever before.

A deal certainly won’t happen at £6million in the modern game as claimed and whilst I think there’s more chance of me winning the lottery without buying a ticket, plenty of fans do like him as a replacement should Abraham move on.

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