Report: Premier League rivals ‘close to agreeing’ £33m deal for striker linked to Spurs

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Dom Le Roy

Sky Sports have now reported that Aston Villa are close to agreeing a club-record deal for Ollie Watkins from Championship side Brentford.

The fee is said to be in the region of £28m, plus a potential extra £5m in add-on payments, a total that would surpass Villa’s previous record signing of £22m.

Despite this, the report does add that other clubs remain interested in the striker, who looks set to leave Brentford after the club’s failed promotion fight last season.

A new striker is said to be at the top of Aston Villa’s transfer wish list this summer, while Football London’s Alasdair Gold recently reported that Tottenham’s full focus is to now bring in a new front man.

The Express and Star reported earlier this week that Tottenham were set to battle Aston Villa for Watkins this summer.

Watkins netted 26 goals in 50 appearances for the Bees last season, while boasting a total of 85 career goals (Wikipedia).

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  1. I’m not suggesting for one minute here that Tottenham should be looking to sign Brentfords’ rising starlet Ollie Watkins, but lets face it the Lillywhites deeply procrastinated and way overdue search and need for another striker seems palpably obvious to all but the Tottenham boardroom. If I being completely honest here I do not understand how Spurs are to remain fluidly competitive when they are shackled to the limited spending strategies of Dan Levy et al, when top team aside who are readily strenghtening anywa, Spurs are notably frugal even by standards of other lower statured premiership teams. For me this myopic spending strategy is not only strangling the life out of Tottenham’s footballing ambitions, but it also sets a distinctive limitation on the depth of quality in players that the club can actually attract. The net result of this is that so many decent targets fail to come to fruition and simply pass the club by. I think once the summer transfer window finally closes there will once again be a deeply entrenched feeling of frustration and disappointment amongst Tottenham fans who sadly recognise the all to familiar shortcomings of these spending policies only to well to their detriment. It seems to me that if only THFC would value of investing in top player recruitment in the same manner that it has attended to the stadium development then we would have a football club more capably geared to achieving true success. Whilst realistically speaking I don’t expect this to happen anytime soon under ENIC’s rule, the simple truth is they are presently massively under investing in players to the point where the cracks are apparent for all to see and the club is struggling to maintain its stature in a highly competitive and constantly evolving league.


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