Leeds must hijack Crystal Palace’s bid to sign Brentford attacker Ollie Watkins

According to reports in The Sun, Crystal Palace are one of two Premier League clubs tracking Brentford attacker Ollie Watkins, and Leeds United should be doing everything to hijack any potential deal.

What’s the word, then?

Ollie Watkins celebrates scoring for Brentford

Well, The Sun report that the Eagles, along with top flight rivals Bournemouth, are in a battle to sign the £8m-rated winger, who has made a big impression for the Championship club since joining them from League Two Exeter City last summer.

The Sun says that Roy Hodgson’s side are well in the running for highly-rated 22-year-old, and they could even throw in a sweetener as part of any deal in the form of former Bees star Sullay Kaikai.

Should Watkins, who scored 11 goals and provided a further five assists in 48 appearances in his debut campaign at Griffin Park, join Palace, he would likely be competing with the likes of Jason Puncheon, Jeffrey Schlupp, Wilfried Zaha and Andros Townsend for a spot in the starting XI as things stand.

Why must Leeds hijack any move?

Well, despite the exciting appointment of Marcelo Bielsa, who must do everything to sign a free agent with 45 goals & assists in 78 Championship games, as their new manager last month, the Yorkshire club have so far only brought two new players to the club – midfielder Lewis Baker and goalkeeper Jamal Blackman on loan from Chelsea.

With Marcus Antonsson, Pawel Cibicki and Jay-Roy Grot leaving permanently or on loan this summer – along with Pierre-Michel Lasogga returning to Hamburg following a loan spell last term – the Whites are in desperate need of additions in attack, and Watkins would be even better than one of the few bright sparks in 2017/18, Ezgjan Alioski.

The 22-year-old former Grecian made the step up to the Championship seamlessly, and with the talent and potential he has there is no doubt that he could be a huge player at Elland Road.

While Premier League clubs are keen, Leeds should do everything to sign him for the reported £8m price tag, and the guarantee of first-team football could be enough to convince him to join them over a top-flight switch.