Ollie Watkins comments suggest Leeds and Aston Villa never stood a chance

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

Nottingham Forest, Leeds United and Aston Villa were linked with Ollie Watkins before his move to Brentford from Exeter City in the summer transfer window.

Ollie Watkins has explained to GetWestLondon why he chose Brentford ahead of his other suitors.

The 21-year-old, who can operate as a forward or as an attacking midfielder, has joined Championship club Brentford from League Two outfit Exeter City in the summer transfer window.

According to GetWestLondon, Leeds United, Aston Villa and Nottingham Forest all wanted to sign the talented and promising young forward.

Watkins, who scored 16 goals in 52 games for Exeter in League Two last season according to BBC Sport, has explained why he decided not to move to Leeds, Villa or Forest, and switched to Brentford instead.

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

“The manager has shown an interest in me for a long time,” Watkins told GetWestLondon. “It’s nice to feel wanted.

“I’ve always known the club has been interested in me. It feels like it's been a very long time and I'm delighted to get it over the line and I can't wait to see what we can achieve this year.

“It says it all when they made an approach and kept an interest in me for a year, year and half so that says it all for me.”

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

It seems that Brentford’s long-term interest in Watkins was the main reason why he left Exeter for the Bees in the summer transfer window.

Leeds, Villa and Forest all could have done with the forward in their respective teams, but they probably did not want him for as long as the Bees did.

The 21-year-old’s comments suggest that Leeds, Villa or Forest never did stand a chance of securing his services, and perhaps they should not be too disappointed.

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