Brentford forward Ollie Watkins is set to undergo a medical at Aston Villa within the next 24 hours after the Premier League club agreed on a record fee for the player.
Watkins matched the stellar high-scoring levels of Tammy Abraham’s Aston Villa loan last season in the Championship by scoring 26 goals and assisting another three.
Journalist Regan Foy reports that Villa will be paying around £28m for the player with the fee eclipsing the £22m spent on forward Wesley Moraes last season. The deal could rise upwards to around £33m with add-ons, likely to be based around goals scored and a potential England call-up.
The player has previously featured under Dean Smith during the Villa manager’s spell at the Bees, and the pair will be looking to re-unite at Aston Villa as they seek to give a better performance than what they had last season where they escaped relegation on the last day of the season.
Watkins will join a strikeforce of Wesley, Samatta and Keinan Davis; the latter set to be loaned out to the Championship to continue his development.
The club has also been linked with a move for AFC Bournemouth striker Josh King who is expected to cost them a sum of £16m.
Apart from Villa, Watkins has been attracting interest from Tottenham Hotspur but working with Smith again is said to have been attractive for the player.