Albion were last night poised to land another transfer target to cap a stunning final weekend of pre-season.

The Argus understands they were “very close” to bringing in Neal Maupay, the French forward who has starred in the Championship for Brentford.

Maupay sat out his club’s league game at home to Birmingham City on Saturday as excitement mounted that he could be on his way to the Amex.

It is believed the initial fee for the 22-year-old, who has also interested Aston Villa and Sheffield United, will be less than £20 million. Albion could still add to their squad ahead of the deadline on Thursday afternoon.

Among the new colleagues Maupay will join is defender Adam Webster, whose arrival from Bristol City on a four-year deal was announced on Saturday.

Webster, whose undisclosed transfer fee is thought to be approaching £20 million, watched his new colleagues beat Valencia 2-1 on Friday night to complete their pre-season games in some style.

Albion head coach Graham Potter said: “Adam is a player the club has been aware of for some time, and someone we came up against last season at Swansea City.

“He is a quality defender, comfortable on the ball, fits the profile of the type of player we want to bring to the club, and he was very keen to join us.”

Webster, who grew up in Chchester, said: “I’m comfortable playing as a pair or in a trio and the three-man formation is one I have played in a fair few times at Bristol City, and at Ipswich too.

“It’s a system I am familiar with, if the manager decides to play that way.

“I prefer to play in the left side of defence but I’ll go anywhere as long as I’m out there on the pitch.”