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Brentford set asking price for Aston Villa target with negotiations ongoing

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Brentford are demanding £28 million for Aston Villa and Crystal Palace target Ollie Watkins with talks ongoing between the Birmingham club and the Bees, according to a report from The Telegraph.

The Bees striker fired in 26 goals last term and helped Thomas Frank’s side make it to the play-off final.

They suffered defeat to west London rivals Fulham at Wembley and face another campaign in the Championship but it appears they may be without Watkins.

A string of top flight sides, including Villa and Palace, have been linked with a move for the goalscorer.

Villa boss Dean Smith is understood to be keen on a reunion with the 24-year-old, having signed him for Brentford, but it appears they may have to pay £28 million to prize him away from the Championship club.

The Telegraph claims that the Bees are asking for a fee in that region for the striker and that negotiations are ongoing with Villa.

While losing Watkins will clearly be a big blow for the west London club, Frank appears to have already landed his replacement with Ivan Toney joining from Peterborough United for an initial £5 million fee.

Toney has bagged 49 goals and 15 assists over the past two seasons and looks like he’ll be an exciting addition to the Bees frontline.

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The Verdict

It looked as if the arrival of Toney may grease the wheels for a potential move to Villa but it appears Brentford are still set to play hardball.

Watkins has proven himself a prolific Championship goalscorer and looks ready to make the step up to the top flight but £28 million is a lot to pay.

You’d imagine we may see it negotiated down to around £25 million with add-ons.


Bristol-born, London-based sports journalist at Snack Media. University of Brighton and NA graduate

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