Date: 5th August 2019 at 2:28pm
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According to the Express, Aston Villa have missed out on reuniting manager Dean Smith with his former Brentford striker Neal Maupay as the Frenchman looks set for a £20m move to Premier League rivals Brighton and Hove Albion.

The reports also link Villa with a move for fellow Brentford ace Said Benrahma, though it is the failed pursuit of Maupay which has caused debate amongst many at Villa Park.

The 22-year-old finished joint runner-up in the goalscoring charts last term with 25 goals from 43 appearances down in West London, tying with Villa’s loan star Tammy Abraham who netted 25 goals in 37 appearances whilst on loan from Chelsea.

Smith has already broken the club’s record transfer fee by bringing in one striker with Wesley Moraes joining from Club Brugge for £22m but many feel a suitable back-up or partner is required with Jonathan Kodjia and Scott Hogan their only other options going into their Premier League opener.

One supporter felt disappointed that the club couldn’t secure the services of Maupay but said trust was in their boss to find someone better which was echoed by others who shared similar sentiment saying that they have only missed out on him if they club were even in for him – one fan said is Smith really wanted him then he would have been a Villa player by now.

Another member of the Villa faithful called for the club to sign Daniel Sturridge who is currently out of contract and without a club whilst many seemed happy with the potential addition of Banrahma.

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