Brentford make Neal Maupay transfer decision after Everton loan

BRENTFORD, ENGLAND - JANUARY 20: Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates scoring his team's third goal with teammate Ivan Toney (obscured) during the Premier League match between Brentford FC and Nottingham Forest at Gtech Community Stadium on January 20, 2024 in Brentford, England. (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)

Neal Maupay will return to Everton this summer.

The forward started the first game of the season for the Blues but returned to former club Brentford on a season-long loan on transfer deadline day.

Maupay scored eight goals in 30 appearances for the Bees but the club has not opted to trigger an option to make the move permanent.

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Brentford do still hold that option but have put off making a decision at this stage of the summer having already moved in the transfer market.

Bees director of football Phil Giles said: “Neal has made a massive contribution to Brentford during both of his spells with the club. He has completely justified the decision to bring him back on loan, contributing important goals and being a key part of the squad.

“Brentford retains the option to bring Neal back permanently if we wish, but we have explained that we will pause that decision for now, having already signed Igor Thiago from Club Brugge.

Maupay is one of two senior first-team players Everton loaned out this season - the other being Mason Holgate. The defender spent the first half of the campaign on loan at Southampton, who on Friday made it through to the Championship play-off final. But after making just six starts, the deal was terminated and Holgate went on to join Sheffield United, where he has made nine appearances for a side that will finish bottom of the Premier League.