By Azeem Siddiqui

13th Aug, 2022 | 11:30pm

Leeds United must sign Ollie Watkins this summer

Leeds United might be offered a chance to sign Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins this summer, according to journalist Dean Jones.

The Whites are in the market to sign players to strengthen their attacking unit for the 2022-23 campaign.

Jones, while talking to Give Me Sport, suggested that Leeds along with other clubs such as Everton and Crystal Palace may get a chance to sign Watkins.

“What would happen in a situation like this is, typically, intermediaries start targeting obvious clubs when a player is made to feel like they don’t have much of a future,” he said.

“So, if that is the case with Watkins like it’s been reported, then I would expect Leeds, Crystal Palace, and Everton also be offered his services in the next week or so just to gauge how much interest there is out there.”

Good deal

Leeds came into the transfer window hoping to find solutions to a lot of problems they’ve had in the previous campaign where they managed to escape relegation.

One of the areas manager Jesse Marsch was keen to strengthen was the attacking department where there is a clear overreliance on Patrick Bamford who had injury concerns in the last season which made Leeds struggle a lot.

Therefore, if they get a chance to sign a proven striker like Watkins, they should make the deal happen as soon as possible.

Watkins is not only younger than Bamford but he also has the ability to provide cover for the 28-year-old and with continuous opportunities, he can cement a spot in the starting XI.

The England international, who still has just three years left on his deal with the club, has been a Villa player since joining the club in the summer of 2020 from Brentford in a deal worth £30.6 million [Transfermarkt].

In other Leeds United news, Phil Hay has finally responded as transfer talk surrounding Ismaila Sarr goes into overdrive this week