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Aston Villa would be the “perfect” move for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins this summer, former Premier League ace Trevor Sinclair told Jim White on talkSPORT (2 September, 10am).

After being transformed from a jinking winger into a ruthless number nine, arguably the most feared attacker in the Championship looks certain to step up the football ladder this summer.

Crystal Palace, Newcastle, Sheffield United, West Brom and Fulham have all been linked in recent weeks, although Aston Villa appear to be at the front of the chasing pack as things stand.

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According to The Sun, Villa will offer Watkins a £70,000-a-week contract as they look to lure the Championship Player Of The Year to the Midlands. The presence of former Brentford boss Dean Smith in the dugout does their chances no harm whatsoever.

With a career-best 26 goals in all competitions in 2019/20, with many instinctive penalty box strikes Ruud van Nistelrooy would be proud of, Watkins could be the sort of player who ensures Aston Villa thrive, rather than just survive, in the Premier League.

Sinclair believes the one-time Exeter City starlet could be the lethal finisher Villa have been missing since Tammy Abramam’s loan spell from Chelsea came to an end more than a year ago.

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“Villa would be perfect for him,” the former West Ham, Manchester City and England winger told White. “When they had Tammy Abraham they were flying and Ollie has got the same kind of figure and physicality.

“He’s quick and knows how to score a goal and get in the right areas. He would be perfect for Villa. I think he’s been a class act and deserves the move.”

There remains some confusion about the fee required to take Watkins away from play-off runners-up Brentford, although The Mirror has suggested he has an £18 million release clause in his contract.

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