Aston Villa are poised to make an opening bid for Brentford forward Ollie Watkins in the coming days.

Watkins is Villa’s top target in attack and is valued at £25million by the Championship club after scoring 26 goals in all competitions last season.

Villa’s initial attempt of around £18m is unlikely to match Brentford’s asking price but it is thought Watkins would be keen to work again with Dean Smith, who was Bees boss when Watkins moved to Griffin Park from Exeter in 2017.