Newcastle United were in the market to sign Jarrod Bowen back in January and that failure makes it all the more important they get busy with regards to Ollie Watkins.
Steve Bruce was hoping to tie up a deal to sign the Hull City but he didn’t feel he was worth the £20 million asking price for the Tigers forward (Daily Mail).
He subsequently signed for West Ham and towards the back end of the campaign, he started to show Bruce exactly what he’s missing.
Following the restart, Bowen started to become accustomed to Premier League football, with the 23-year-old scoring once and setting up four others.
Now Bruce is thought to be back in the Football League market; vying for the services of the Brentford forward Watkins, according to The Chronicle.
It has been thought that the Bees will hold out for £25 million for their star man but Bruce needs to be savvy in the market this summer.
The 24-year-old might not have Premier League experience but then neither did Bowen and he already looks like one that got away for Newcastle.
Watkins fired 25 goals and three assists last season, with Brentford losing in the Play-Off Final to Fulham.
He is quick, can play through the middle or out wide and given his age, he is still learning his trade in the professional game.
Not only that but Watkins is exactly the sort of signing that could get an expectant Newcastle crowd out of their seats.
The Sun has reported that Bruce might have just £30 million to spend this summer but any departures might bump that up somewhat.
Bruce didn’t think Bowen was value for money and Newcastle supporters would have loved to have seen him sign for the Magpies.
The boss can’t misjudge another Football League target and needs to try and pull out the stops for Watkins.
If Watkins is utilised right he has the attributes to take the Premier League by storm – Newcastle need to take advantage of the situation and land the Brentford man.