By Amir Mir
Leeds could make a move for highly-rated Exeter striker Ollie Watkins, according to a reliable journalist.
Yorkshire Evening Post reporter Phil Hay has claimed on his personal Twitter account that Leeds “do like” the youngster, but it remains to be seen whether an offer will be lodged.
Reporter Hay issued this response to a Leeds fan who was asking whether the club are interested in a player they have been strongly linked with in recent weeks.
Leeds do like him. Whether they'll bid for him remains to be seen
— Phil Hay (@PhilHay_) May 16, 2017
The 21-year-old currently plays for League Two outfit Exeter City, who are looking to secure promotion to the third tier of English football via the play-offs.
Paul Tisdale’s side recently recorded a 3-3 draw away at rivals Carlisle United, with Watkins supplying an assist during the thrilling first-leg encounter.
During his time at Exeter, Watkins has scored 24 goals from 76 matches and supplied 17 assists, playing in numerous attacking roles.
The St James’ Park striker has a contract at the club until June 2017 as it remains to be seen whether Leeds make a move for the youngster.
Football Insider verdict:
Watkins stats at the lower level are not prolific but signing him up on a possible free transfer could be a good piece of business by the club. There is no doubt that he cannot be the marquee signing by the club if he were to join as Leeds should look in the Championship or possibly in the Premier League for the big names. If Garry Monk is at the club next season then there is no doubt that he will have aspirations of earning promotion to the Premier League. A player of more quality and experience would be needed if they want to make that return to the promise land next term.
In other Leeds transfer news, this 26-year-old has delivered his verdict on reported top-flight interest.