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Leeds look to join race for Brentford’s Watkins

Following Fulham’s victory in the play-off final, Brentford’s top stars are subject to a transfer war.

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Watkins comes up against Jack Harrison in The Whites’ 1-0 win at Elland Road.
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Leeds United are expected to join the race for Ollie Watkins following on from The Bees’ defeat at Wembley to Fulham.

Watkins was part of the most potent attack in The Championship, scoring 26 goals in the 19/20 campaign, leading Brentford to the play-off final.

However, due to Brentford remaining in The Championship, a buyout clause has been activated, as reported by the BBC, which allows the 24-year old to leave for £18 million.

A whole host of Premier League clubs are reportedly interest, with Aston Villa, Newcastle, Palace and Leeds all expected to be in line to try and sign the versatile front-man.

Phil Hay of The Athletic previously reported that Leeds were “confident“ in landing Watkins for less than £20 million should Brentford fail to gain promotion to the Premier League.

On top of this, Leeds could make an attempt to sign fellow Bee Said Benhrama, with just as many clubs looking to pounce on a deal for the £20 million+ rated winger.

Following the play-off final, with just a week until the Leeds United players start pre-season training, The Whites are expected to ramp up transfer work, with rumours pushing Fabian Delph and Danny Rose back to Elland Road.