West Ham will have their work cut-out if they are to sign Brentford hitman Ollie Watkins this summer, with the 24-year-old dreaming of a move to Arsenal (Sports Gazzette).
The Sun claimed that the Hammers were plotting a summer bid for the £20 million-rated prolific striker in the summer.
Arsenal could be on the look-out for a new striker this summer, however, with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette both facing uncertain futures at the Emirates.
And Watkins suggested that his dream is to join the Gunners, when speaking to Sports Gazzette earlier this month:
“Yeah, the dream. That’s the dream to play for Arsenal one day. But, you know: it’s a long shot.”
The 24-year-old has been on fire for the Bees in the Championship this season. He has racked up 22 goals in 37 Championship outings for the west London outfit (Who Scored).
Watkins has averaged 2.6 shots on goal per game, and he has won an average of two aerial duals per match. The Brentford ace has also averaged 0.7 dribbles and 1.5 key passes per game during that period (Who Scored).
He clearly has a lot of talent, and seems to have all of the attributes needed to succeed in the Premier League.
The top flight would obviously still represent a huge step up in both quality and intensity for Watkins, however.
Perhaps the more prudent move would be to join West Ham. After all, there has been no reported interest from Arsenal at the moment. His comments will surely arouse interest at the Emirates, however.
Much will depend on how ambitious the 24-year-old is. And how important regular first-team action is to him.
One thing’s for sure, however. Watkins admission that he dreams of joining Arsenal will certainly make West Ham’s task of signing him that little bit more complicated. Especially if the Gunners decide to make a move for the Brentford ace this summer.