Brentford bid for Exeter ace Watkins

General view of boots and a football before the match

HITC Sport understands Brentford have made a bid for League Two player.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (L) scores their second goal

Brentford have made a bid for in-demand Exeter City youngster Ollie Watkins, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Watkins is regarded as one of the best young prospects in the Football League after bursting onto the scene with Exeter last season.

The 20-year-old scored nine goals in 22 appearances and scooped the Football League's Young Player of the Month award for March.

Watkins also hit the headlines with a goal of the season contender with a stunning winner in his side's victory over Devon rivals Plymouth at the start of April.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (2nd R) celebrates scoring their second goal with team mates

Watkins' promise has not gone unnoticed among clubs higher up the football pyramid with several Premier League and Championship clubs keeping tabs on his progress.

Bournemouth are understood to be admirers of Watkins and are monitoring his situation as Eddie Howe weighs up a move for the midfielder during the transfer window.

However, Brentford are hoping to steal a march on their rivals in the race for Watkins by tabling a firm bid for the player as they look to lure him to Griffin Park.

Exeter are hoping to keep hold of Watkins, but are bracing themselves for offers for their prized asset this summer with as the race for his signature hots up.

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