Brentford eyeing Ollie Watkins move

Doncaster Rovers' Tommy Rowe in action with Exeter City's Ollie Watkins

HITC Sport understands Brentford have rekindled their interest in the Exeter City star.

Ollie Watkins of Exeter City (L) scores their second goalOllie Watkins of Exeter City scores last season

Brentford are ready to make a new move for highly-rated Exeter City star Ollie Watkins, HITC Sport understands from sources close to the club.

Brentford have held a long-term interest in Watkins and tried to sign the attacker during the January transfer window, but Exeter managed to keep hold of the player.

Watkins is regarded as one the best young players in the Football League after impressing at Exeter during the last couple of seasons.

Doncaster Rovers' Tommy Rowe in action with Exeter City's Ollie WatkinsDoncaster Rovers' Tommy Rowe in action with Exeter City's Ollie Watkins

The 21-year-old, who was named EFL Young Player of the Season, scored 16 goals last season as he helped Exeter reach the League Two play-off final only to lose to Blackpool at Wembley.

Exeter have been bracing themselves for interest in Watkins this summer after their failure to win promotion to League One, but the Grecians are keen to get value for money for their prize asset.

A number of Premier League and Championship clubs have been tracking Watkins, but Brentford are hoping to steal a march on their rivals by luring the forward to Griffin Park.

Brentford see Watkins as a future star in the making and Bees boss Dean Smith is hoping to have him in his plans for next season.

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