Reported Sheffield United target Ollie Watkins admits to having his “head turned” by a transfer to the Premier League.
Only a day before The Sun exclusive claiming the Blades are interested in a £15m January deal for Watkins, the Brentford forward spoke about almost leaving in the summer.
As West London Sport reports, the 23-year-old was wanted by Crystal Palace. When the Eagles failed to agree a fee for Watkins, the attacker was left disappointed.
Yet he has since signed a new four-year contract at Griffin Park and has enjoyed a fine start to the new season. Neal Maupay’s departure to Brighton and Hove Albion has seen Watkins deployed as the central striker.
The former Exeter City man has scored seven Championship goals already in 2019/20. This included a hat-trick at Barnsley.
But while Watkins is currently happy with the Bees, a potential move to England’s top flight would clearly be tempting.
“When there’s speculation everyone’s head gets turned but it’s normal,” he said.
“I’m really happy here now and I think it really shows with the form I’m in and long may that continue. I’m feeling good.
“How have the club helped me refocus? For a start by giving me a new contract. They didn’t need to do that. That helps.”
Why Sheffield United want Watkins
Despite signing three new forwards over the summer, United apparently want more support upfront. In truth, the primary thing their start to the new campaign has lacked is goals.
The Blades’ record of seven goals conceded so far is only bettered in the division by leaders Liverpool. However, only three teams have scored fewer than them and they are all currently in the bottom five.
Watkins is said to have interested United for some time because of his ability to play anywhere in the front line. They have been tracking him more closely this term and his conversion into a number nine makes him even more appealing.