Besiktas have been offered the chance to sign attacker Ollie Watkins from Brentford, Turkish outlet Fotospor have reported.
It has previously been reported by TRT Sport that Besiktas were interested in a loan move for Watkins, and it now appears as though their chances of bringing him to Turkey have improved somewhat.
According to the latest reports, Watkins has been offered to the Turkish side by agents, and Besiktas manager Abdullah Avci will now decide whether or not he wants to sign the 23-year-old.
Avci is said to be a fan of Watkins, having tracked the attacker’s progress for the past three years, so he will be well aware of what he is getting should he make a move for Watkins.
Having joined Brentford from Exeter in the summer of 2017, Watkins has gone on to make 93 appearances and score 23 goals in all competitions for the Bees.
There are still two years remaining on Watkins’ contract at Griffin Park, meaning the Championship side should be under no pressure to sell the attacker anytime soon.
Earlier this summer, it was reported by Sky Sports that Premier League trio Sheffield United, Southampton and Crystal Palace were all interested in signing the striker.
This seems to be something of a strange one.
With the report claiming that the offer of Watkins to Besiktas has come from agents rather any particular club, you wonder if this is something that has been sanctioned by Brentford or even something they are aware of.
If it isn’t then you can’t imagine them being all that happy with what has happened here, particularly given the importance Watkins could play in their campaign next year given the uncertain futures of some of the clubs other attacking options.
Even so with Watkins under contract at Griffin Park for two more seasons, Brentford still appear to be in a strong position when it comes to Watkins, and it will be interesting to see how the club respond to these latest reports.