Success in football is a double-edged sword; perform well and you hone that blade for your side but, in honing the said blade, it draws attention from others. That’s the case that is occurring with Brentford’s Ollie Watkins according to Sun reporter Alan Nixon.
Nixon says that Premier League side Sheffield United are, backed by Sky Sports TV rights, readying themselves to “splash the cash” in an attempt to land Watkins who has adapted well from his usual left-wing role into more of a line-leading centre-forward for Brentford.
Torbay-born Watkins, who came through the ranks at Exeter City before a £1.8million move to Brentford, has featured in 10 games for the Bees in this season’s Sky Bet Championship campaign, scoring seven goals. It is these goals that have perked up the attention of the Blades who are said to be looking to a January move for the 23-year-old.
Nixon says that Watkins “has been tracked since the start of a campaign” that has seen Watkins rise to be one of the Championship’s top-scorers since his move to a more central role in attack. Sheffield United are said to have “fancied Watkins for years” due to his versatility in being able to play anywhere across the attacking line.
Watkins won’t come cheap but being back by Premier League money means that price often takes a back seat in such interest. Nixon says that Blades boss Chris Wilder “has cash to spend” and is looking to bid “around £15million” to get his man.