By Amir Mir

Aston Villa will not make a move for highly-rated Exeter striker Ollie Watkins, according to a reliable journalist.

Birmingham Mail reporter Gregg Evans has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Villa have no interest in signing the 21-year-old during the closing stages of the January window.

Watkins, who plays in League Two, has played 30 matches in all competitions this term, scoring ten goals and supplying nine assists.

Steve Bruce is looking for some much-needed firepower to his promotion-chasing side as they have scored just 28 goals in their 27 games this season.

He has signed five players this month, three of those additions have been midfielders who can score goals.

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Henri Lansbury, Birki Bjarnason and Conor Hourihane were the three midfield additions, with the trio scoring 16 goals between them this term.

Football Insider verdict:

Villa are right not to pursue the signing of the League Two striker and instead focus on bringing through the talent they have in their academy ranks. Watkins is still learning his trade in the Football League and more than likely Villa would have to pay decent money to sign him. Not only that, Watkins would not go straight into the first team, he would most likely be a backup or go into the development squad. Bruce needs to look for some experience if he wants to add goals to his side and the Premier League is an ideal place to look. Jonathan Kodjia is the only striker scoring goals for him at the moment and he needs some serious help in the final third if Villa are to secure a top six spot come the end of the campaign. 

In other Aston Villa transfer news, a Premier League manager has confirmed that this deal with the club is nearly done.

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