Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins is now being wanted by fellow Premier League side Spurs.
According to Spanish publication Fichajes, Nuno Espirito Santo’s side are considering bidding for Watkins as they’ve become worried over Harry Kane’s lack of goal-scoring form.
The report claims that Spurs’ sporting director, Fabio Paratici, is eyeing up some attacking reinforcements, and Watkins’ name features prominently on that list.
“If you’re going to start selling those players to the bigger clubs, how are you meant to compete? I get that you’re possibly going to get £60m for someone, but then who do you go and buy that’s going to replace Ollie Watkins?
“You’ve got to go and spend decent money on someone to go and bring him in and then it could possibly be a gamble.”
The striker was a key reason behind Villa’s successful campaign last year, bagging 16 goals in all competitions and netting in home and away fixtures against Liverpool (including a hat-trick at Villa Park) and also against Arsenal.
It’s no surprise then that the likes of Liverpool and Spurs both have their eye on signing a “machine” like Watkins, and it will leave Smith very worried about trying to hold on to his main man up front.
Were the Villa hierarchy to decide that they should cash in on Watkins, Smith would certainly not be in a forgiving mood.
The Villa boss worked with the striker back at Brentford, and then brought him to Villa Park and clearly has a real rapport and relationship with him, and the 25-year-old’s performances have been a real vindication of that faith.
Johan Lange must avoid selling the £34m-rated star to Spurs at all costs, or risk leaving Smith absolutely fuming.