Aston Villa closing in on huge transfer deal for Brentford star

Aston Villa close to signing Ollie Watkins for club record fee

Aston Villa close to signing Ollie Watkins for club record fee

Darren Bent has stated on Twitter that Aston Villa fans "must be happy" with their club's decision to sign Ollie Watkins today from Brentford.

The 24-year-old is Villa's second signing of the transfer window following the £16m arrival of defender Matty Cash from Nottingham Forest.

The centre-forward scored 26 goals across all competitions last season for Brentford in a brilliant individual campaign and looks good enough to make the step up to the Premier League.

Villa manager Dean Smith previously worked with Watkins at Brentford and the pair could now be reunited in the top-flight.

'He is a hugely determined character who has both the ability and personality to succeed at the highest level'.

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The fee for him is a record for a Championship player.

Watkins underlined his excitement at working with Smith again, saying: ' I am so excited to join Aston Villa and to reunite with Dean Smith. However, he would score just five goals in 21 league games.

It is understood the Midlands outfit have also made a move for Bournemouth striker Josh King after they missed out on the capture of Callum Wilson from the Cherries despite having a bid accepted. He scored one league goal last season.

He was expected to leave Brentford once they lost in the promotion playoff semi-finals to Swansea City.

Not only that, but Villa also begin their season with a League Cup encounter against Burton next Tuesday before their Premier League opener against Sheffield United.

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