West Ham United legend Trevor Sinclair has sung the praises of David Moyes striker target Ollie Watkins.
West Ham have been heavily linked with a move for Brentford striker Watkins (The Sun).
Reliable insider ExWHUemployee also told The West Ham Way podcast earlier this month that Watkins is on a list of West Ham’s summer targets.
West Ham target praised by Sinclair, reminds him of Defoe
Watkins netted his 25th goal of the season to give Brentford a 1-0 win over Preston on Wednesday night.
And it caught the eye of former West Ham hero Sinclair who praised the 25-year-old.
Sinclair also compared Watkins to his old West Ham teammate Jermain Defoe.
“Wow Ollie Watkins at it again,” Sinclair said on Twitter after the striker’s unerring finish which puts Brentford on the brink of the automatic promotion places.
“Reminds me of Defoe in and around the 18 yard box.
Wow Ollie Watkins at it again 💥 reminds me of Defoe in and around the 18 yard box #lethal
— Trevor Sinclair (@trevor8sinclair) July 15, 2020
Watkins ticks all the boxes for Moyes
West Ham boss Moyes has made clear his ambitions to sign the best talent from the Championship to build a new-look side around young, athletic talent hungry to prove themselves in the top flight (whufc.com and beIN Sports).
Sinclair’s comparison to Defore is some billing. Defoe scored 41 goals in just over 100 appearances after graduating from the West Ham academy.
And he is still scoring goals over 20 years on for Rangers.
Of course Sinclair himself was a huge success story when he was picked up from the Championship after impressing with QPR.
But Watkins’s statistics back up the hype.
He has 25 goals from 44 games, an average match rating of over 7.3, six man of the match awards and four assists this season (WhoScored.com).
Report claims Watkins would cost Hammers £20m but Prem status will dictate future
The Sun claimed West Ham might be able to get Watkins for around £20 million.
The only problem for West Ham is that his goals are pushing the Bees ever closer to the Premier League.
And if the west Londoners are to go up they will not be parting company with the forward.
Indeed West Ham still have their own work to do to ensure they remain a Premier League side next season.
After Bournemouth’s defeat to Manchester City on Wednesday night, if Aston Villa fail to beat Everton on Thursday evening and West Ham win against Watford on Friday night, the Hammers will be safe by virtue of a vastly superior goal difference.