Brighton striker Neal Maupay in talks over £15million move to Nottingham Forest as Prem new boys’ spree continues

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NOTTINGHAM FOREST are in negotiations to sign Brighton striker Neal Maupay for £15million.

Newly-promoted Forest have spared no expense after making it back to the Premier League for the first time in 23 years, already splurging over £100m.

And French ace Maupay, 25, looks set to miss the Seagulls’ clash with Newcastle as talks firm up over his shock switch to the City Ground.

The boss has since been searching for attacking reinforcements, with Chelsea striker Armando Broja among the players linked with a move to Goodison Park.

Maupay is another reported target for the Toffees, although they now face competition from Nottingham Forest who appear to have taken the lead in the race for the Brighton star.

The Daily Telegraph report Forest have opened talks over a £15million move for the 25-year-old Frenchman, and the striker will miss the Seagulls’ Premier League clash against Newcastle while discussions take place.

But former Premier League star Trevor Sinclair has suggested Everton should pull their finger out and hijack the deal.

Fired up Forest are close to landing Watford striker Emmanuel Dennis for £20m, and are also closing in on deals for midfielder Cheikhou Kouyate and Atalanta ace Remo Freuler.

But they know promoted sides always struggle for goals, so are still keen for more firepower, leading to the ambitious bid for Maupay.

Boss Steve Cooper is also looking for a left-back and winger before the transfer window shuts.

Cooper pulled off a coup in signing former England and Manchester United attacker Jesse Lingard on a free transfer.

Talks for former France Under-21 international Maupay are already at an advanced stage.

Senegal star Kouyate is a free agent after leaving Crystal Palace, but Swiss international Freuler will cost around £8m from Serie A.

Forest sensationally won the play-off final against Huddersfield despite looking like relegation fodder when Cooper took over in September.

It seems like Forest are trying to spend their way into staying up in the promised land of the Premier League.

And they will be hoping their new boys settle in quickly, having been beaten 2-0 by Newcastle on the opening weekend.

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