Everton have reportedly made a move to try and sign Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins.
The Lowdown: Conflict with Gerrard?
According to Football Insider, Steven Gerrard and Watkins ‘do not see eye to eye’, fuelling speculation that he may be willing to let the striker go in this transfer window for the right price.
Gerrard also stripped Tyrone Mings of the captaincy just days before the Premier League started, and he was an unused substitute in their opening game away at Bournemouth (Mirror), suggesting that all might not be rosy behind the scenes at Villa Park.
The Latest: Everton move
As per Football Insider, the Goodison Park outfit have now made their move to try and sign Watkins, and have officially registered their interest in the England international.
Villa are ‘open’ to letting him go, as they work on bringing in a new ‘A-list’ frontman to the Midlands.
The Verdict: Big coup
It would certainly be a big coup if the Merseyside club could steal Watkins off of the hands of their rivals.
Hailed as ‘one of the best strikers in the Premier League‘ by former top-flight manager Alex McLeish, Watkins has reached double figures for goals in each of the last two seasons in the division, while also registering a handy nine assists (Transfermarkt).
Two of those goal involvements actually came against Frank Lampard’s team last weekend, so they know full well what he is capable of.
Nonetheless, the Toffees are desperate for a striker following the injury to Dominic Calvert-Lewin, and Watkins offers the quality and experience needed in order to lead the line.
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