Report: Crystal Palace bid £11m for Brentford winger Ollie Watkins

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Premier League Crystal Palace are reportedly keen to raid London rivals Brentford for Championship duo Ollie Watkins and Neal Maupay.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford is challenged by Callum Robinson of Preston North End during the Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Preston North End at Griffin Park on May 05,...

Crystal Palace have stepped up their pursuit of Ollie Watkins by launching an £11 million bid for the Brentford winger, as reported by the Mail.

With just days remaining in the transfer window, Roy Hodgson’s side appear to be going hell for leather in an attempt to reinforce an attack so famously over-reliant upon the enigmatic talents of want-away talisman Wilfried Zaha.

 

And after offering £14 million for CSKA Moscow striker Fyodor Chalov, according to Sky Sports, Palace have apparently made a bid for a player who has been linked with a move to Selhurst Park for at least the last 12 months.

Former Exeter City youngster Watkins has scored 10 goals in each of his last two Championship campaigns and it seems only a matter of time before he follows Griffin Park alumni Andre Gray and Chris Mepham to the Premier League.

Ollie Watkins of Brentford looks on during the Carabao Cup Third Round match between Arsenal and Brentford at Emirates Stadium on September 26, 2018 in London, England.

The Mail claims that Crystal Palace have offered £11 million for Watkins and also hold an interest in his team-mate Neal Maupay, the £20 million-rated French striker who netted 28 goals for The Bees in 2018/19 (Sky).

This £30 million-plus double-deal would certainly rejuvenate an ailing Palace attack. Watkins has bags of speed and skill and will draw inevitable comparisons with Zaha himself. Maupay, meanwhile, is the kind of ruthless, penalty-box poacher that Hodgson is crying out for.

Neal Maupay of Brentford celebrates scoring the 2nd brentford during the  Sky Bet Championship match between Brentford and Wigan on September 15, 2018 in Brentford, England.

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