In just the second week of the new season, West Ham will come face-to-face with a former transfer target. Neal Maupay was linked with West Ham in the summer but he is now at Brighton & Hove Albion.

West Ham travel to Brighton at the weekend, hoping to get their season started after an embarrassing 5-0 defeat at home to Manchester City. But the Hammers will be aware of the threat posed by danger man Maupay.

West Ham consider Neal Maupay ‘too expensive’

Brentford wanted £20m for Neal Maupay this summer. (Photo by Sebastian Frej/MB Media/Getty Images)

During the summer, West Ham were looking for at least two new strikers. Marko Arnautovic, Andy Carroll, Jordan Hugill and Lucas Perez all departed during the summer window, leaving West Ham with just Javier Hernandez at one stage.

Maupay was an option but West Ham thought he was “too expensive”, as per reliable insider EXWHUEmployee. Brentford were holding out for a large sum so West Ham dropped out of the race.

Instead, he completed a £20m transfer to Brighton (figure via West London Sport). If he fulfils his potential, that could be a snip. But West Ham had already spent £45m on Sebastian Haller.

What Neal Maupay can offer

Neal Maupay scored from a tight angle on his Brighton debut. (Photo by Jordan Mansfield/Getty Images)

Maupay is an instinctive striker who netted 28 goals last season for Brentford. He is diminutive in stature but he is quick, feisty and he can tuck his chances away when he gets the ball.

The French striker has all the ingredients to trouble West Ham if he is at his very best. He scored on his debut for Brighton, rounding Watford goalkeeper Ben Foster after coming on as a substitute.

Maupay might be in line for a start or he could be an impact substitute again. Either way, West Ham will be hoping he doesn’t make them immediately start to regret the decision to not spend £20m on him.

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