Writing for football.london in a Spurs transfer piece, reliable journalist Alasdair Gold has explained in detail how Tottenham missed out on a deal to sign the prolific Ollie Watkins – with Aston Villa eventually snapping him up in a £28 million deal.
Watkins, who bagged a brilliant return of 26 goals and three assists in the Championship last season, was viewed as a candidate on chairman Daniel Levy’s list of attacking targets ahead of the looming 2020/2021 Premier League campaign.
A homegrown, prolific talent – Watkins could have ticked many boxes for Spurs in their quest to sign a suitable back-up striker to Harry Kane.
Did Spurs miss out on Ollie Watkins?
Yes, 100%, would have loved him
However, Villa were also on the hunt for a forward, and they were prepared to heavily invest in an attacker with no proven experience in the top flight.
According to Gold, the demand for Watkins may have caused his price tag to balloon, resulting in Spurs pulling out of the race with Villa taking the driving seat.
Tottenham never actually placed a bid for the 24-year-old but could have been contemplating a swoop, with Gold claiming there was originally ‘interest’ in a move but the price tag repelled Levy and co.
Did Spurs miss out?
Lauded as ‘amazing‘ at one point last season by Brentford manager Thomas Frank, in the midst of a fine goalscoring run of form for his ex-club, Watkins has been tipped to make a name for himself in the Premier League – but as of yet, we’re still to see him replicate his prolific run in the top flight.
Villa’s deal for the player could be worth as much as £33 million including add-ons, and this could have been a risky price to pay, especially for someone not guaranteed to start given the presence of Kane.
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