Aston Villa are close to agreeing a deal with Brentford for striker Ollie Watkins, according to The BBC’s Phil McNulty.

McNulty claims that fee for the 24-year-old is an initial £28m which could, in, time rise to £33m due to various add-ons.

Dean Smith’s side have been widely linked with a move for Watkins since the completion of the season five weeks ago and that interest was further heightened by Brentford’s failure to earn promotion via the playoffs.

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Despite not being proven at Premier League level, Watkins’ record and age make him a highly desirable signing.

Having started out in Exeter City’s academy at under 11 level, the forward soon progressed through the ranks and before too long found himself cutting his teeth in senior football.

After two impressive seasons in League Two, he was picked up by Brentford where he has continued his progression.

Now Watkins looks set to have his first taste of the elite level in England and Villa fans will hope he can continue his fine career record.

Manager Smith will be delighted to finally land his man as it is common knowledge the Villa squad needs a goalscorer with Keinan Davis, Wesley, and Mbwana Samatta all struggling to produce goals with any regularity last term.