According to a report from Sky Sports, Aston Villa are preparing an opening bid for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins. And that could be bad news for West Ham, with the Bees hitman allegedly keen to work with Villans boss Dean Smith once again.

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Hammers boss David Moyes want to sign the 24-year-old striker this summer, according to a report from the Sun.

The Scot will be desperate to bring an established forward to the London Stadium this summer. Especially with Albian Ajeti closing in on a £5 million move to Celtic (Daily Record).

Dean Smith is in the same boat, however, and is allegedly readying a bid to bring Watkins to Villa Park this summer (Sky Sports).

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Ollie Watkins (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Sky Sports also suggest that the prolific front-man is keen to link up with Smith once again, having played under the Aston Villa boss during his time in charge at Griffin Park.

Watkins was on fire in the Championship last season. In fact, he was one of the division’s stand-out players.

 

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The 24-year-old Englishman racked up an impressive 25 goals and three assists in 46 league games for Brentford (Transfermarkt).

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Ollie Watkins (Photo by Catherine Ivill/Getty Images)

Watkins seems to have everything that West Ham need. But the cash-strapped Hammers will surely find it difficult to meet his reported £25 million valuation (Sky Sports).

And his apparent desire to link up with Dean Smith once again will make David Moyes’s chances of signing him even more far-fetched.

As things stand, it seems as though Aston Villa are in the driving seat to sign the Bees ace.

And West Ham could once again miss out on one of their key transfer targets this summer.

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