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MetiNews.Com - Ollie Watkins joined Aston Villa in a record £28million transfer from Championship side Brentford
Breaking News ! Aston Villa acted quickly to snap up Ollie Watkins from Brentford after missing out on Callum Wilson. Villa smashed their transfer record to bring in Watkins, 24, having made signing a new striker their top priority for the summer window. Watkins, who worked with Dean Smith at Brentford, scored on his competitive debut in the 3-1 win against Burton Albion on Tuesday having netted the winner in Saturday's friendly victory over Manchester United. The move was confirmed after Wilson, a player Villa tried to bring to B6, opted to join Newcastle United from relegated Bournemouth. He cost the Magpies side £20million while Villa paid an initial £28million to land Watkins, which could rise a further £5million in add-ons. Former England and Manchester United forward Andy Cole, who also played for Newcastle, thinks it's clear which club got the better deal. He told The Daily Star: “Only time will tell. I think at £20million it’s a good acquisition. He’s [Wilson has] had a few seasons in the Premier League now, I think his best return has been around 15-18 goals.
. “I think Steve Bruce has been very astute there.”
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Sheffield United manager Chris Wilder took a similar view, name-checking Watkins at a press conference this week when asked about his side's transfer business. Villa boss Smith, however, has no doubt his marquee signing will impress in claret and blue just as he did at Brentford. "His movement's great," Smith said after the Carabao Cup win at Burton. "He got his goal and he's starting to link-up with the players and to get an understanding which takes time. "I have no qualms over how good he will be for Aston Villa in the season's become. He was disappointed the Manchester United goal wasn't in the record books. He'll also be disappointed he didn't get a couple against Burton."
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