Leeds United manager Marcelo Bielsa

Michael Brown has claimed reported Leeds United plans to sign Ollie Watkins will depend on what division Brentford are in next season. 

The former Whites midfielder, speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, insisted any potential deal hinge on whether Brentford overcome Fulham in Tuesday’s Championship play-off final.

The Express reported on Sunday that Marcelo Bielsa is plotting a £30million raid for the Bees forward, if his side fail to win promotion to the Premier League.

I think it really depends where Brentford are,” Brown told Football Insider.

“I’m doing the play-off final between Brentford and Fulham on Tuesday and I’m really looking forward to it.

“He’s a striker scoring goals at the top end of the Championship for a wonderful Brentford side, it’ll be an interesting game. It all depends on who is in what league.”

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Watkins has scored 26 goals this season to fire Thomas Frank’s men to the verge of promotion. Should they get across the line, Bielsa is reportedly aware that a move for the forward is highly unlikely.

Leeds will be playing in the Premier League for the first time in 16 years next term, after securing the Championship title.

The Yorkshire giants secured their crown with two games to spare, having finished 10 points clear of their nearest rivals West Brom.

Brentford will be looking to join them in the top-flight next season and their fans have had to endure an even longer wait for elite level football.

The Bees have not played in England’s top tier since the first post-war season of 1946-47.

In other Leeds news: According to Football Insider sources, Leeds have set sights on signing Belguim international who could be available for a bargain price. 

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