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Aston Villa Making Efforts To Sign Ollie Watkins After Wesley Blow

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The 24-year-old is in flying form for the Bees who sit third in the Championship.

Aston Villa secured a massive win at Burnley on New Year’s Day. After an alarming slide down the table, goals from Jack Grealish and Wesley gave the Villans a 2-1 victory.

The three points could prove massive however the win didn’t come without some bad news.

Both Tom Heaton and Wesley we are stretched off at Turf Moor and boss Deam Smith might need to rethink his transfer plans.

A striker was already likely to be on Smith’s list of targets, with some competition for the Brazilian powerhouse needed.

Shortly after Villa secured a big win in the context of their season, Ollie Watkins helped Brentford to third in the Championship.

He netted twice in a 4-0 rout of Bristol City to take his tally for the season to 17 goals.

It is thought that he is valued at £25 million, according to the Daily Mail, and Villa should look to pounce in January.

Watkins has been moved into a central striking role this season by Thomas Frank and is thriving.

He is scoring goals from all over the park, linking up we will with his team-mates and still has bags of unearthed potential.

The 24-year-old mightn't sound great value for money given that for £25 million, Villa would be getting a player that hasn’t played in the Premier League yet.

His physical presence makes him an attractive replacement for Wesley though, whilst he has the ability to play alongside him too.

Smith might view Watkins as someone who can play on the wing at some point; although, with Wesley currently injured he’d be ideal playing as a striker.

Persistence

Had Wesley not picked up an injury, Watkins might have been a summer target. Needs must though and if the Brentford man is available for £25 million, Villa should be interested.

Smith was the man who plucked Watkins from Exeter City earlier his career and knows all about his qualities.

Villa will be desperate to avoid an immediate return to the Championship and Watkins might be the gem that maintains the club’s top-flight status.

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