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Aston Villa: Dean Jones claims Ollie Watkins could still leave

Aston Villa: Dean Jones claims Ollie Watkins could still leave -Aston Villa News

Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins could still seal a late move away from the club, according to transfer insider Dean Jones.

The Lowdown: Luiz rumours

Villa could be in for a busy deadline day in regards to both incomings and outgoings at Bodymoor Heath.

Douglas Luiz has been linked with moves to Atletico Madrid and Liverpool in recent days, with the midfielder into the final 12 months of his Villa contract.

Watkins, who Gregg Evans labelled as the ‘real deal’, is another Villa player who has been linked with an exit this month, and Jones has had this to say on a potential move.

The Latest: Jones’ comments

Talking to GiveMeSport, Jones had this to say about Watkins’ future, claiming there’s ‘still a possibility’ he could leave Villa Park, providing a replacement is lined up.

“There is also still a possibility that Watkins leaves.

“They probably wouldn’t do that unless they had a replacement lined up, but they have had enquiries over Watkins and there has been a bit of friction between him and Steven Gerrard.”

Should Villa sell Watkins?

Yes, if the price is right!

Yes, if the price is right!

No, keep at all costs!

No, keep at all costs!

The Verdict: One to watch

Everton, Leeds and Crystal Palace have all been linked with Watkins in recent weeks, however, you’d expect that a deadline day exit is unlikely.

A lot would need to happen relatively quickly in order for a move away to materialise, even with reports suggesting that Watkins and Steven Gerrard ‘do not see eye to eye’.

Villa would need to bring in a replacement first before looking at selling Watkins, as Jones mentions, otherwise, Gerrard would be left with just Danny Ings and youngster Cameron Archer as central options.

It could be one to watch, but with time ticking, it seems more realistic that Watkins will remain at the club beyond the deadline.

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