According to reports, Tottenham are now interested in Aston Villa transfer target Ollie Watkins.
The Brentford striker enjoyed a scintillating campaign in the Championship last season, scoring an impressive 26 goals as the Bees narrowly missed out on promotion to the Premier League following their play-off final defeat – his manager at Griffin Park, Thomas Frank, simply hailed him as “amazing“.
Reports in recent weeks have suggested that Villa are keen on bringing Watkins to the club, but The Sun now claim that fellow top-flight side Spurs are making a dramatic late move for the 24-year-old.
It’s claimed that Spurs were alerted to Watkins’ availability after Brentford hired an agency to sell the striker, and that they will have to pay around £22m to sign him.
After replacing Suso, there is significant pressure on Villa’s new sporting director, Johan Lange, to get things right in his first transfer window in charge of the club.
Whilst most deals always tend to have an element of gamble to it, a move for Watkins is as sure-fire as they come. Not necessarily in terms of whether his Championship exploits can continue at Premier League level, but the fact the striker has already worked with Smith before when they were together at Brentford.
The Villa boss knows the 24-year-old inside out whilst Watkins himself is fully aware of the kind of style of play his former manager insists on.
Missing out on a striker like that, and instead going for a risk like Suso did with the likes of Wesley and Mbwana Samatta could leave Villa with a major sense of regret come the end of the window. If they let Watkins slip through their hands, it would be a huge disaster for Lange.