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Ollie Watkins on Tottenham ‘list of options’ for transfer

Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins reportedly is a list of potential transfer targets for Tottenham ahead of next season.

Spurs were linked with a move for Watkins at the end of last season amid the uncertainty over Harry Kane’s future at the club.

While Kane is staying put, for now, it is clear Nuno Espirito Santo’s side need reinforcements at the top end of the pitch.

Even with Kane in the side, Spurs have lost their last three Premier League games, scoring just once, and that came in the 3-1 defeat to Arsenal in the north London derby with the game already lost.

Long-term plans are already being made at the Tottenham Hotspur Stadium and, according to Spanish outlet Fichajes, Spurs’ recently-installed sporting director Fabio Paratici is keeping tabs on Watkins, who has become a key man for Dean Smith since arriving from Brentford in the summer of 2020.

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The report claims: “One of the names on the list of options for Fabio Paratici and [chairman] Daniel Levy is Ollie Watkins, one of the best strikers in the Premier League in the last two seasons and a profile that fits perfectly with the sporting plan that the team has in the short/long term.”

However, a move to Spurs appears extremely unlikely given the player turned down the north London club prior to joining Villa for an initial £28million.

He told the Super 6 podcast earlier this year: “I didn’t actually want to leave [Brentford] but I knew I had to. I knew deep down that I had to leave to pursue my career and to make the next step.

“There were quite a few teams interested. Leeds were interested in me but then they signed Rodrigo. Tottenham were interested in me.

“They made it clear that if Harry Kane’s fit he was going to play so I did have that in the back of my mind but they said that with the schedule… with the Europa League… that there were a lot of games coming up so I had big decisions to make and, in the end, I felt like I made the right one.”

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