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Newcastle fans react as £18m release clause emerges, Aston Villa linked

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Newcastle fans react as £18m release clause emerges, Aston Villa linked

Ollie Watkins is likely to be a man in-demand after reports claimed the Brentford striker has a £18million release clause in his contract after the Bees failed to gain promotion – and Newcastle supporters have reacted on Twitter.

Watkins, 23, has been in sensational form for Thomas Frank’s side – scoring 26 goals and propelling his side into the Championship play-offs. But his side lost in extra-time to Fulham at Wembley on Tuesday night.

The Telegraph have claimed that because Brentford have failed to gain promotion, Watkins will be allowed to go for just £18million due to an exit clause in his current deal. Aston Villa are leading the charge for his signature.

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Meanwhile, Crystal Palace and Sheffield United are interested. But Watkins is young, English and offers versatility both out wide an up front – and that is likely to mean plenty of Premier League clubs are considering a move.

Newcastle need a striker after Joelinton struggled in his first season. Dwight Gayle and Yoshinori Muto have been linked with an exit, and Watkins could be targeted by the Toon – especially due to his release clause.

Newcastle supporters responded to the reported news that Watkins could leave Brentford for just £18million in the coming months – and many urged the Toon to lure Watkins north to Tyneside from Griffin Park.


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