According to the London Evening Standard, Ian Holloway is interested in bringing Exeter City’s Ollie Watkins to Queens Park Rangers this summer, as he looks to strengthen his squad with “young outfield players.”
QPR finished the 2016/17 Sky Bet Championship season a disappointing 18th, worryingly just two-points outside the relegation zone, which many wouldn’t have predicted after a positive start to the campaign.
Holloway will be looking to shape his squad over the summer, in a bid for more success in the league next season, and is considering bringing younger players to Loftus Road in the coming months – with Exeter’s Watkins on his radar.
Watkins has attracted a lot of interest already this summer, with Leeds United, Derby County and Aston Villa among the clubs that have showed an interest in the Exeter midfielder.
The 21-year old has been in exceptional form for Exeter in League Two over the last 12-months, as the Grecians went within 90-minutes of promotion to League One.
Watkins made 52 appearances across all competitions last season, scoring 16 goals, including two vitally important strikes in the 3-2 victory over Carlisle United in the play-off semi-finals last month.
Having been named as the EFL’s Young Player of the Year for the 2016/17 campaign, Watkins is in-demand, but Paul Tisdale, Exeter’s manager, has insisted that the Grecians will “wait and see” before letting their most prized asset leave this summer.
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