Everton forward Neal Maupay has admitted that he would like to return to former club OGC Nice if there was an option to do so.

The Frenchman joined the Blues in a £15m deal from Brighton & Hove Albion last summer but has failed to provide the answer to Everton’s goalscoring woes.

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Indeed, just a solitary strike in 27 Premier League games, with no assists contributed during that time, Maupay had an insipid season upfront.

However, the 26-year-old admits that he would be ‘interested’ in a return to his former club should an opportunity arise.

Speaking with Nice Matin, when asked if he would return to the Allianz Riviera Stadium, Maupay said: “Of course, I’d be interested.

Nice is my home town, I grew up here, my parents still live in Valbonne, I live in Nice. Whenever I have a weekend or I’m on vacation, I’m here, this is my home. I love the city, the club.”

Everton should cut their losses on unsettled Maupay

Maupay spent three years at Nice earlier in his career, scoring six league goals in 44 appearences for the French club.

Few Everton fans would be disappointed to see the forward depart after just one disappointing season at the club, as the Frenchman offers little to the Toffees’ attacking output.

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Regardless of Neal Maupay’s future, the Blues need at least two recruits upfront in this summer’s transfer window, though freeing up the striker’s wages would no doubt enable Sean Dyche to bring in an additional forward.

Indeed, Maupay has previously been linked with a move to Italy, with Serie A side Salernitana reportedly interested in the Everton man.

Meanwhile, Everton have been linked with another French striker in 26-year-old Moussa Dembele, who is available on a free transfer after his contract with Ligue 1 side Lyon came to an end.

Everton could do worse business than recouping what they can for Neal Maupay and bringing in Dembele for nothing this summer.

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