Tottenham Hotspur scouts are monitoring Brentford striker Ollie Watkins, according to the Daily Mail.

The Premier League side are plotting potential signings for the January transfer market and have identified the highly-rated 22-year-old as a target.

Championship side Brentford rate Watkins at around £20 million meaning any club that tries to sign him will have to fork out the big bucks.

Watkins started his career at League Two outfit Exeter City and rose through their youth ranks. He made his first-team debut in May 2014 for the Grecians against Hartlepool United. He also enjoyed a loan spell at  non-league side Weston-Super-Mare in December 2014 and was prolific for them, scoring 10 goals in 24 games.

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On his return to Exeter for the 2015/16 season, he scored 8 league goals before firing 15 last season to help get Exeter into the Play-Offs. With various second tier clubs after him in the summer of 2017, it was Brentford who won the race for him.

Watkins has adapted well to life at Griffin Park and played 48 games for the Bees in all competitions last season, scoring 11 goals. He has managed six goals in 15 appearances so far in this campaign so is looking to beat his tally from 2017/18.

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It will be interesting to see if Spurs do move for Watkins but he is more likely to be a long-term option for them. There is no doubt he will play in the Premier League one day but even Spurs won’t pay his transfer fee unless he has been hits prolific form in the Championship.

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