Aston Villa prepared to offer Ollie Watkins £70,000-a-week deal to beat Fulham to transfer

ASTON VILLA look ready to splash the cash for Ollie Watkins — and offer him a £70,000-a-week contract.

Villa boss Dean Smith wants his old Brentford hotshot.

And he is being backed by the Villa hierarchy to buy him AND put a personal package together that beats all rival offers. 

Watkins, 24, plans to quit the Bees and Villa are jostling with Fulham for his signature.

And their plan to beat the opposition with the cash burning a hole in their pocket looks set to pay off.

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Villa have also keen on Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard in a potential £30million deal, with Jack Grealish tipped to join Manchester United.

SunSport understands Smith is interested in Watkins’ teammate Said Benrahma too.

Should the pair leave Brentford, it would spell the end of Thomas Frank’s BMW attack, leaving just Bryan Mbeumo at the new stadium.

It could get even worse for the beaten Championship playoff finalists too.

SunSport can reveal Rico Henry is attracting plenty of attention from Premier League clubs.

Brighton and Leeds are both interested in the flying left-back, who is a key cog in the Brentford machine.

Villa boss Smith is also keeping tabs on his former player.

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