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West Ham United: Journalist makes promising transfer claim involving Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins

West Ham United: Journalist makes promising transfer claim involving Aston Villa star Ollie Watkins -West Ham News

West Ham United‘s pursuit of Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins may have been given a slight boost, according to journalist Paul Brown.

The Lowdown: Hammers eye move…

The Hammers and manager David Moyes are reportedly watching Villa’s forward ahead of the 2022 summer transfer window with a new striker firmly on West Ham’s agenda.

It is believed that the club want to add an out-and-out centre forward to Moyes’ ranks alongside the potential additions of a central defender and new midfielder (The Times).

Michail Antonio is currently the Irons’ only natural senior option in the striker role, and with an interesting 2022/2023 season around the corner, West Ham simply must add an alternative at long last.

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The Latest: Brown makes Watkins claim…

Speaking to GiveMeSport, journalist Brown of The Daily Star has claimed that Watkins could have his head turned by West Ham – especially if they manage to secure a Champions League spot either through the top four or winning the Europa League.

He explained: “Would Ollie Watkins leave Villa? It depends. If West Ham were to do something special and really get in the top four or get into the Champions League, that might turn his head. But he’s kind of Villa’s crown jewel, so it would be hard for them to let him go.”

The Verdict: Promising?

You would imagine, like many of West Ham’s targets, a place in Europe’s most coveted competition would be a major pull for them.

Much could ride on their potential place in the Champions League next season but, if Moyes’ men were to seal a place, there is little doubt Watkins would upgrade the forward line.

A serious homegrown talent, the England international is pivotal for Villa, scoring more goals than anyone in Steven Gerrard’s squad – while only Philippe Coutinho has averaged more shots at goal per 90 in the Premier League (WhoScored).

Former West Ham striker Frank McAvennie is certainly a fan, branding Watkins a ‘massive player’ and ‘brilliant’.

Indeed, he could be the ideal striker signing for Moyes this summer, but much will depend on Villa’s selling stance.

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