Brentford should join race for Marley Watkins as potential replacement for Jota

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebrates

Brentford should consider making a move for outgoing Barnsley winger Marley Watkins as a potential replacement for Jota, who is reportedly attracting Premier League interest.

Barnsley's Marley Watkins celebratesMarley Watkins is out-of-contract in the summer

Barnsley's Marley Watkins is set to leave Oakwell after refusing the offer of a new contract, with his current deal set to expire in the summer. The 26-year-old is the subject of interest from a number of Championship clubs including Cardiff City as well as Premier League side Burnley and Scottish Champions Celtic (Wales Online), but Brentford should make a move for his services if they suffer their own disappointing departure.

Watkins joined Barnsley from Inverness Caledonian Thistle with the Tykes in League One and helped guide them to promotion alongside the Johnstone's Paint Trophy in his first season at the club. The wide man carried over his impressive form to the Championship. He was a consistent bright spark in Paul Heckingbottom's overachieving side and finished the season with 10 goals and nine assists. 

The uncapped Welsh midfielder is not short of options as he considers his next move and Brentford would be wise to enter the race for his signature.

The Bees face a battle to keep hold of their influential wing wizard Jota this summer, despite taking up the option of extending the Spaniard's contract at Griffin Park for another year (Sky Sports).

The 25-year-old has been in scintillating form after returning back to West London from his season-long loan spell with Eibar in January and finished the season with 12 goals and five assists in 21 Championship appearances.

Brentford's Jota celebrates after the matchBrentford's Jota signed a one year contract extension this week

As reported by Get West London, Jota has admitted that he has had offers from other clubs in recent weeks and will sit down with the club to discuss his long term future with the club.

If Jota is to leave, it will be for a substantial fee after the club extended his contract. Brentford will not want to lose their star man but may have to consider their immediate future without him.

If the Bees sign Watkins on a free transfer then it will soften the blow of a potential exit for Jota. 

Marley Watkins of BarnsleyMarley Watkins scored ten goals for Barnsley last campaign

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