By Derek Smithson

Leeds have been joined by Championship rivals QPR in the battle to sign Exeter forward Ollie Watkins, according to a report.

Get West London claim that QPR have entered the race for the 21-year-old sensation that has been the standout player in League Two this season.

It is understood they have joined Leeds, Bristol City and Aston Villa in the list of clubs that are tracking the highly rated youngster, who is being tipped with a move to the Championship in the summer.

Leeds and Bristol City have reportedly been locked in a battle to sign Watkins, but a new report states that QPR are willing to provide competition.

Watkins helped League Two side Exeter make it all the way to the play-off final this season, before suffering heartache in a 2-1 defeat to Blackpool on Sunday.

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The striker has been in deadly form all campaign, scoring 16 goals and supplying 13 assists across all competitions.

He has enjoyed a breakout season and also picked up the prize for the EFL young player of the year.

Football Insider verdict:

Leeds should blow their rivals out of the water and submit a bid for Watkins, who looks ready to make the step up in divisions. The Whites may be keen to appoint a new manager before any transfer business, but there shouldn’t be many managers saying no to the 21-year-old star. He has proven to be prolific in front of goal this year and is only getting better every game. Leeds are in desperate need of some genuine competition for first-choice striker Chris Wood and emerging talent Watkins could be the perfect fit at Elland Road.

In other Leeds transfer news, they are set to sign an attacker next week after triggering a clause.

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