Newcastle United are set to rival Crystal Palace and Leeds United for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, according to The Chronicle.
As per the outlet, the Tyneside club are understood to be interested in signing him in the summer transfer window, although the Bees are looking for a fee in excess of £16m.
Brentford manager Thomas Frank speaks highly of him, even admitting in an interview with Sky Sports (via The Chronicle) last month that he normally calls him “the beast” and added that he is a “remarkable player and person” who is “so dedicated”.
Indeed, Watkins enjoyed a rather remarkable 2019/20 season, scoring an impressive 26 goals and making a further three assists in 50 games in all competitions (via Transfermarkt).
It is safe to say that the striker was a key part of the team that got all the way to the Championship play-off final before unfortunately losing out to west London rivals Fulham 2-1 after extra time as Scott Parker’s men gained promotion to the Premier League (per BBC).
Nevertheless, perhaps it is time for Watkins to make the step up to the Premier League, and he could well be an upgrade on the current options that Steve Bruce has in attack.
Watkins averaged more shots and key passes per league game than Magpies trio Andy Carroll, Dwight Gayle and Joelinton in the last campaign, according to Whoscored.
Does Watkins start for Newcastle?
There is a difference in quality between the two leagues but, at 24 years of age, Watkins still has time to grow and develop as a footballer, and he could prove to be a valuable asset for the future of Newcastle if they can tempt him to Tyneside.
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