| Villa imprint Brentford striker Ollie Watkins in club listing swoop | Villa imprint Brentford striker Ollie Watkins in club listing swoop

Aston Villa signed Brentford striker Ollie Watkins in a club listing deal rate a reported £28 million on Wednesday.

Watkins agreed a five-365 days contract with the Premier League club, who can also sooner or later pay as a lot as £33 million if particular clauses are met.

The rate eclipsed the £22 million Villa spent to imprint Wesley from Membership Brugge final 365 days.

Watkins scored 26 desires as Brentford reached the Championship play-off final final season sooner than shedding to Fulham.

Villa are believed to dangle grew to change into their attention to the 24-365 days-used after Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson joined Newcastle on Monday as a replacement of involving to Dean Smith’s side.

“Ollie has developed into one in every of the most sought-after strikers in the nation and we are having a uncover forward to seeing him word his mountainous qualities in an Aston Villa shirt,” Villa supervisor Smith acknowledged.

Watkins, who joined Brentford from Exeter in 2017, has old ride of working for Smith all by draw of the pair’s time at the west London club.

“I am so enraged to affix Aston Villa and to reunite with Dean Smith as my head coach,” he acknowledged.

“I will be able to no longer wait to wear the notorious claret and blue in the Premier League. I are attempting to terminate one thing particular right here and regain some desires.”

Watkins is Villa’s 2nd signing from the Championship for the reason that end of ultimate season following their swoop for Nottingham Wooded area honest-abet Matty Cash.

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