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Aston Villa fans react as club reportedly looking to trigger release clause

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Aston Villa fans react as club reportedly looking to trigger release clause

Aston Villa are reportedly interested in luring Brentford goal machine Ollie Watkins to Villa Park after the Bees failed to gain promotion from the Championship – and Villa supporters have reacted on Twitter.

Watkins, 23, failed to prevent Fulham from winning the Championship play-off final at Wembley on Tuesday night – as a brace from left-back Joe Bryan proved to be the difference. Henrik Dalsgaard scored a late effort for the Bees.

It takes the shine on what has otherwise been a near-perfect season for Watkins. The former Exeter City ace has scored a whopping 26 goals in 50 league and cup appearances, alongside Said Benrahma and Bryan Mbuemo.

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But with Brentford remaining in the Championship, an £18million exit clause in Watkins’ contract has remained. The Telegraph have claimed that Villa are ready to trigger the striker’s clause, but face competition.

Indeed, both Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are also keen on landing Watkins – who was signed by Villa boss Smith from Exeter in the summer of 2017. The chance of a reunion between the two could make Villa favourites.

Villa supporters responded on Twitter to reports that they could look to activate the clause and lure Watkins to Villa Park in the coming weeks – and many are delighted at the potential signing.

 

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