Sheffield United are keen on signing another Championship forward in January, with The Sun reporting they are interested in Ollie Watkins.

Apparently the Blades are willing to pay £15m for the Brentford forward. They have been tracking Watkins for some time and are impressed with his start to the new season.

The 23-year-old has already scored seven goals since being converted to a central striker.

Having signed Callum Robinson and Oli McBurnie in the summer, the Blades have previous when it comes to identifying young talent from the second tier.

While Watkins certainly fits into this category, are there any other options?

Ollie Watkins alternatives

Jarrod Bowen

Despite not turning 23 until December, Bowen has already racked up 111 appearances and 42 goals for Hull City. The 22-year-old is in the final 12 months of his current contract, but the Hull Daily Mail reports the Tigers are keen to tie him down to an extension.

No surprise there, but Bowen has made no secret of the fact he wants to play in the Premier League. According to the Daily Express, both Newcastle United and Southampton are prepared to pay £20m for the attacker.

While considered a winger, Bowen has shown he has an eye for goal and the Blades have already converted Robinson from a wide player into a centre forward.

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Karlan Grant

Grant has already had a brief taste of top flight football after joining Huddersfield Town from Charlton Athletic in January. The 22-year-old scored four goals in 13 matches before the Terriers were relegated.

Despite Huddersfield’s shaky start to the 2019/20 campaign, Grant has continued to impress with six goals in 11 outings. Like Watkins he can play anywhere in the front line.

There have been some tentative rumours about Grant attracting interest from the Premier League. Italian publication Calcio Mercato claim Watford are interested.

Aleksandar Mitrovic

In truth, Mitrovic is too good for the Championship and Fulham are lucky to still have him. The Serbia international leads the division’s scoring charts with eight goals.

When the Whites were relegated last season many thought Mitrovic would leave. The Mirror reported West Ham United were keen, but the 25-year-old stayed put.

Unless Scott Parker’s men look set for promotion by January, Mitrovic could be tempted to depart. Yet after costing £22m in 2018 his price-tag is likely to be high.

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