Striker left out of club’s squad amidst rumours of Tottenham and Aston Villa interest

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Ollie Watkins was left out of Brentford’s matchday squad for the club’s League Cup clash against Wycombe on Sunday, amidst reports of interest from the Premier League.

Watkins enjoyed a prolific season in the Championship last time out and it has not come as much of a surprise to see him linked with a move away from the Griffin Park after the Bees came up short in their quest to win promotion.

The Sun (via TEAMtalk) reported a few days ago that Spurs could hijack Aston Villa’s attempts to sign the 24-year-old.

It was claimed that Jose Mourinho had identified Watkins as the perfect striker to serve as Kane’s understudy as the Brentford star’s versatility would enable him to operate both as a wide forward as well as a central striker.

The report claimed that the striker was available for a fee of around £22 million this summer.

Watkins was not named by Thomas Frank in the matchday squad as the Bees overcame Wycombe on penalties over the weekend to progress into the third round of the League Cup.

The striker’s exclusion from the squad last Sunday will do little to cool the speculation linking him with a move to the Premier League.

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There have been contradictory reports regarding the profile of striker that Jose wants to bring in. While some reports have claimed that the Spurs boss wants a traditional target man to serve as Kane’s back up, others have suggested that he might be looking for a pacy forward who can be paired with the England captain up front and can also play out wide. If it is the latter that we are after, Watkins could certainly be a very good option for the rumoured £22m price but he would come with an element of risk due to being unproven in the top flight.

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