Sun journalist Alan Nixon has claimed that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho has now entered the race to sign Ollie Watkins. And that surely spells the end of West Ham’s faint hopes of signing the Brentford hitman.
Hammers boss David Moyes want to sign the 24-year-old Bees striker this summer, according to a report from the Sun.
We desperately need some attacking reinforcements. Jordan Hugill and Albian Ajeti have already been sold. And that leaves leaves Sebastien Haller and Xande Silva as the only recognised centre-forwards at the club.
Brentford star Ollie Watkins would have been a superb addition for West Ham.
He was absolutely on fire in the Championship last season.
The 24-year-old Englishman racked up an impressive 25 goals and three assists in 46 league games for Brentford (Transfermarkt).
And Watkins could have forged a brilliant partnership with Sebastien Haller.
It was all looking rather unrealistic a week or so, however. Sky Sports claimed that the 24-year-old striker favoured a move to Aston Villa.
They also suggested that Brentford want £25 million for his services.
But the chances of the Hammers signing Watkins have all of a sudden gone from slim to nigh-on impossible impossible.
Alan Nixon has claimed that Tottenham boss Jose Mourinho is a genuine contender to sign the Brentford star:
VILLA. Fcae genuine competition from SPURS for Ollie Watkins. BRENTFORD sell to best bidder. Player goes to best club for him.
— Alan Nixon (@reluctantnicko) September 6, 2020
It will be interesting to see if Watkins succeeds in the Premier League with either Spurs or Villa. He certainly has the talent to do just that.
Our hopes of signing the 24-year-old aren’t officially dead, but they may as well be.
£25 million for the Brentford ace seems like decent value. Missing out on Watkins will hurt West Ham fans.
And if bitter rivals Tottenham end up winning the race for him it will just add insult to injury.