West Ham really should move on from any plans we had to sign Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa after Steven Gerrard spoke out on the striker’s future.
Hammers boss David Moyes is very keen to bring the Aston Villa centre-forward to the London Stadium from Villa Park this summer.
In fact, The Guardian claims that Watkins is West Ham’s number one priority signing.
Signing a top-class striker in the summer transfer window will be a necessity for the Hammers, if we are to challenge for major honours on all fronts next season.
It is easy to see why Watkins would be a top target for the East London outfit. But it seems as though Moyes may now have to look elsewhere…
Steven Gerrard makes bold Ollie Watkins statement
The 26-year-old striker has been in fine form for Aston Villa so far this season.
He has bagged 11 goals and one assist in 33 Premier League games (Transfermarkt).
Watkins has played a key role for Aston Villa and Gerrard explained exactly why he will be going nowhere this summer, as quoted by The Sun:
“We love Ollie and really enjoy working with him. To take this club where we need to take it we need goalscorers, we need top players and Ollie Watkins is a top player. I will fight as hard as I need to fight if it ever comes up. But it’s not going to because I know the owners and I know Christian Purslow (CEO) and Johan Lange (Director of Football) are on the same page. We want to build this around the likes of Ollie Watkins. We are delighted with him. He’s our leading scorer this year so for me it doesn’t make sense at all to even listen to speculation about Ollie Watkins. It’s a straight no.”
It’s very clear to see that Watkins will be going nowhere this summer unless West Ham make a crazy offer for his services.
That is a huge blow for hammers boss David Moyes. The Villa ace would have been the absolute perfect signing for us this summer.
Watkins is absolutely rapid and is always prepared to make the tireless runs into the channels in order to create space for this teammates.
The seven-capped England international is a constant menace for opposing defenders and never gives them a minute’s rest. The 26-year-old is a good finisher as well.
The former Brentford ace has absolutely everything that Moyes usually looks for in a striker. After Steven Gerrard made it clear how he feels about Ollie Watkins though, it’s time for West Ham and Moyes to move on and look elsewhere.