Brentford sign striker Neal Maupay from Saint-Etienne
By Lyall Thomas
Last Updated: 14/07/17 10:44pm
Brentford have announced the signing of France U21 international striker Neal Maupay from Saint-Etienne.
Sky Sports News HQ understands the 20-year-old, who has signed a four year contract, has cost the Bees £1.6m.
Sky sources revealed earlier on Friday that Brentford were working on deals for two strikers, with hopes that Ollie Watkins will also join from Exeter.
Maupay completed a medical on Friday and will join up with Brentford's pre-season training on Monday, after the first team return from a training camp in France. They play Swiss side Lausanne on Saturday.
Brentford claim a number of other clubs tried to sign Maupay but the player honoured an agreement to move to Griffin Park.
Co-director of football Phil Giles said: "There were many clubs both in England and overseas that were interested in signing Neal this summer. I am very proud of the team effort from everyone at Brentford who contributed to selling our club and our ambition to Neal. He is a good player and a good man.
"Having made the decision to join Brentford he honoured that agreement despite having other clubs interested in acquiring his services. We look forward to working with him over the coming seasons."
Head coach Dean Smith said: "He fits all the profiles we set when we look for a player. He has a really good personality and character to go with his skill level. We are very lucky to have got him and I look forward to working with him."