Sheffield United have been dealt a blow in their pursuit of Brentford forward, Ollie Watkins.
The Bees star is one of the most sought-after players in the Championship at the moment. His goals have helped fire Thomas Frank’s men into promotion contest this season.
Indeed, such form has seen the likes of Crystal Palace and the Blades linked with a move for the striker. However, speaking to Sky Sports, Watkins appears to have ruled himself out of a move away from Griffin Park.
“I’m not going anywhere,” Watkins said.
“If you’re doing well there’s always going to be some talk and interest around you. It means they’re enjoying what you’re doing on the pitch and that’s a nice feeling really. But I’ve just got to keep focused on my game and help the team to try and do something special this year.”
Watkins has scored 17 times this season for Brentford. Having seen Neal Maupay leave in the summer, the former Exeter man has taken up the mantle and become the main man for the Bees.
Never in the pipeline
Sheffield United will add to their squad in January. Of course, they’ve already brought in Jack Rodwell on a free-transfer.
The name of Ollie Watkins was one that has been touted about among fans for some time. He’s a quality player, scores goals, and appears to have the ability to play in the Premier League.
But, despite rumours mentioning potential Blades interest, it was always hard to see United making their move.
Reports have claimed the Bees would demand around £20m for Watkins. That sort of fee would be too much for United to fork out during this window.
Furthermore, there’s big competition for places at Bramall Lane already. David McGoldrick and Lys Mousset are the preferred partnership for Chris Wilder as things stand.
That, coupled with the fee, makes the signing of Watkins even more difficult.