Leeds United could be set to miss out on the signing of Exeter City striker Ollie Watkins, according to Get West London.
Leeds, along with Championship rivals Aston Villa, Bristol City and Reading, had been linked with signing the 21-year-old this summer, but all four clubs now look set to miss out. This is because Brentford are now understood to be in pole position to sign the striker this summer after failing to agree a fee in the past two transfer windows.
Watkins scored 16 goals for Exeter in all competitions last season, finishing as the club’s second top goalscorer. 15 of these goals came in the league, helping Exeter to finish in 5th place and qualify for the League Two Play-Offs. The Grecians ultimately lost to Blackpool in the final and so will be competing in the fourth tier of English football once again next season.
The same cannot be assumed of Watkins, who could make the move up two divisions to the Championship this summer.
Brentford have been linked with the striker for the past two transfer windows but have failed to agree a fee with Exeter on both occasions. The third time could be the charm for the Bees as they move ahead of their rivals in the race for Watkins’ signature.
At 21, Watkins has plenty of potential and is being tipped as a future Premier League striker by many fans. If Brentford do manage to snap up the striker this summer, and he gets enough game time in the Championship, Watkins may be a player that moves for a much bigger fee in a few year’s time.