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Aston Villa may have to shell out as much as £5million in top-up cash if Ollie Watkins continues to win caps for England. 

That is according to finance guru and Football Insider columnist Kieran Maguire, speaking exclusively after the Athletic revealed that Watkins’ former clubs Brentford and Exeter would share a £1million bonus if Watkins won his first England cap

Watkins made his England debut as a second-half substitute against San Marino on Thursday, getting on the scoresheet as Gareth Southgate’s side won 5-0.

The 25-year-old has netted 12 times in 31 appearances since signing for Villa for a club-record £28m in the summer.

Maguire explains that these bonus clauses are ordinary and fall under the umbrella of “contingent liabilities.”

He told Football Insider correspondent Adam Williams: “That’s about the going rate. It could be £1m per cap up to a certain number of caps, usually something like five. So it could be £5m in the end. 

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“If you take a look at clubs’ accounts, they have huge potential sums payable to players and former clubs in respect of things of this nature, often linked with success on the international stage.

“If you go to the small print of a set of accounts for a football club, you’ll see something called ‘contingent liabilities.’

“Man City, for example, their loyalty bonuses, additional clauses and the like total £200m. Villa’s bill won’t be quite that high.”

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Exeter, for whom Watkins played between 2014 and 2017, will receive £150,000 as part of the deal while Brentford will receive the remaining £850,000.

Watkins will be hoping to add to his cap when England face Poland on Wednesday.

In other news, Aston Villa are set to add to their recruitment team with a deal already agreed for an EFL talent-spotter.