Tottenham backed to sign Brentford star Ollie Watkins to solve long-term transfer problem

Tottenham should look to the Championship to bring in a backup striker to Harry Kane, according to former Arsenal cult hero Perry Groves. Brentford star Ollie Watkins is a player Groves thinks can solve Tottenham’s long-term problem of finding a quality forward to play second fiddle to England captain Kane. Watkins scored 26 goals for Brentford last season in his first full campaign as a central striker.

The 24-year-old’s goals came close to leading the Bees into the Premier League for the first time, but for a play-off final defeat to Fulham.

Tottenham spent a period of last season without a recognised striker following the serious hamstring injury suffered by Kane on New Year’s Day.

Watford stalwart Troy Deeney has been linked with a shock move to north London.

But Groves instead thinks a younger player such as Watkins would fit the bill for Jose Mourinho at Spurs.

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“Jose always likes a big, strong centre-forward doesn’t he, in the past,” Groves said on talkSPORT.

“But I don’t think [Deeney] would excite the Tottenham fans.

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“With Spurs, why don’t they go and buy a young player from the Championship, a centre-forward, who’s got potential? Like an Ollie Watkins.

“If they’re saying you’re not going to go to Spurs because Harry Kane’s always going to play, then buy someone with a lot of potential who can come in, who’s got to prove themselves, can learn off Harry Kane.

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“So I think that’s the route maybe they should go down but they definitely need another one because as Jose said, when [Kane] was injured we’re [struggling].”

Reports claim Brentford would allow Watkins to leave the club if they received an offer of £25million.

Winger Said Benrahma is also heavily linked with a move away from west London.

Manager Thomas Frank says they are open to selling the duo if suitable offers are made.

“We know there are a lot of rumours about a lot of our players because we had a top season and have a lot of top players who also developed throughout the year,” Frank told Sky Sports.

“So it’s no secret that Ollie Watkins and Said Benrahma are players that other clubs are interested in. And if the price is right then we are open for potentially selling them.

“Speculation will continue until the day they are not here or the window is closed and they deserve a move now if the price is right.”

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