According to a Football Insider report, Everton have expressed an interest in signing Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins. Aston Villa are on pursuit of a good center-forward this summer too. As a result, they could let the player leave this summer to join Everton. The Blues are on the hunt to sign a new forward as a backup/competitor to the young Anthony Gordon. Moreover, considering that Chelsea are interested in Gordon, a backup striker is a good option to have.
Several reports have stressed that Ollie Watkins and Steven Gerrard have a tense relationship. Thus, it is clear that if Watkins wants a move away, Gerrard won’t stand in his way. A move to Merseyside is a good option for Watkins. Everton are in desperate need of a striker following the injury to Dominic Calvert Lewin. Richarlison has also moved away from the club and has joined Tottenham. So, Everton have only two recognized forwards in Salomon Rondon and winger Anthony Gordon. However, Rondon is struggling in the Premier League and Gordon plays out of position so, neither of them is a recognizable and good option, at the moment, for the Everton forward line.
Watkins has been in tremendous form recently. Watkins has consistently banged in goals for Villa. This is evident from the fact that Watkins was the top scorer at Villa the last season as well as the season before that. At the moment, he is Villa’s prime asset and it seems foolhardy to let him go. However, Villa’s loss is Everton’s gain. Watkins will be a great replacement for Richarlison at Everton. Moreover, financially, Watkins will cost a lot less than what Everton sold Richarlison for.
Chelsea interested in Everton player
Everton’s Anthony Gordon is also attracting the attention of Chelsea this season. Chelsea have put in two bids for the player and have had both of their bid rejected by Everton. The Blues value Gordon at a figure of “more than £50m”, which is a lot of money for a young player like Gordon. Whether Gordon departs or not, a backup striker is necessary for Everton to survive in the Premier League this season.
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