According to a report by Football Insider, Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins was ‘desperate’ to join Tottenham in the summer but Daniel Levy scuppered a potential deal, with Spurs missing out on the ‘perfect signing‘ as a result.
Should Spurs have signed Watkins?
Yes, incredible forward
No, happy with Vinicius
Watkins, who was targeted by Levy in the summer as one of many striking options, was reportedly eager to sign for Spurs, with Football Insider revealing that extensive talks were held over a possible deal.
Watkins eyed by Spurs
As well as the young Englishman, Tottenham had their eye on other alternative targets like Arkadiusz Milik, Callum Wilson, Habib Diallo and Andrea Belotti (Alasdair Gold).
Eventually, Spurs turned to Benfica striker Carlos Vinicius, signing him on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy for £40m at the end of the season (Transfermarkt). One of the club’s most noteworthy deals of the summer window, Vinicius comes in to solve the 14-month long wait for a backup striker to Harry Kane.
Transfer Tavern take
With Watkins starting the season for Villa in fine form, bagging a hat-trick against Liverpool recently, Spurs could regret not investing in him further down the line if he continues to impress.
Likened to Crystal Palace winger Wilfried Zaha at one point, talkSPORT pundit Perry Groves described him as the ‘perfect signing’ for Spurs. Brentford boss Thomas Frank also labelled him a ‘beast‘, evident from his Championship Player of the Year award last season (talkSPORT).
Vinicius could become golden for Tottenham, but only time will tell whether Levy regrets missing out on the in-form Watkins.
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