Report: 24-year-old was ‘desperate’ to join Spurs but was left frustrated by Levy

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According to a report from Football Insider, Ollie Watkins was desperate to complete a move to Tottenham Hotspur during the transfer window when he heard of the North Londoners’ interest.

Watkins was linked with a move to Spurs during the window, with the club on the lookout for a back up to Harry Kane (The Express and Star).

The Athletic previously revealed that Tottenham passed up on the opportunity to sign the striker as they deemed Brentford’s asking price to be too excessive.

Watkins eventually completed a £33m move to Aston Villa and has had a fantastic start to the season, having scored five goals already in all competitions, including a hattrick against Liverpool (transfermarkt.com).

Football Insider have now revealed that a move to Tottenham was the striker’s first preference, with the 24-year-old even willing to accept being Kane’s understudy.

It is claimed that Daniel Levy held extensive talks with Watkins’ camp and Brentford over a deal.

However, the Spurs chairman’s efforts to drive the price down is said to have left Watkins frustrated and the striker thus decided to reunite with Dean Smith at Villa Park instead.

Spurs Web Opinion

There has been a lot of raving about Watkins from fans and pundits alike following his hat-trick against Liverpool. However, that was a freak game in many respects and I believe we should wait for a few more games before jumping on his bandwagon. He might well prove that he is more than good enough to make the step up to the Premier League and leave Levy regretting his decision. However, with reports indicating that Carlos Vinicius was Mourinho’s number one target anyway, Spurs fans do not have much to complain about.

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