By Noel Whelan

11th Jan, 2022 | 8:04am

Watkins and Ings 'licking their lips' as Aston Villa source reveals another deal close - pundit

Ollie Watkins and Danny Ings will be “licking their lips” at the thought of playing with Philippe Coutinho and Lucas Digne at Aston Villa, according to Noel Whelan.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, suggested the duo will be “so excited” about the potentially fruitful partnership.

Coutinho became the first signing of Steven Gerrard’s Aston Villa reign on Friday (7 January), joining on an initial loan from Barcelona.

Football Insider revealed yesterday that Aston Villa are close to another big-name signing after agreeing a £22million fee with Everton for Digne.

The France international has been given the green light to undergo a medical and discuss personal terms.

When asked if Watkins and Ings will be looking forward to playing with the duo, Whelan told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury: “Absolutely, they’ll be licking their lips.

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“With Coutinho, we don’t know what sort of standard he’s at – obviously he’s not played in the Premier League for quite some time but I’m sure they’ll give him the time he needs to get up to speed.

“Good players, generally, will find that moment of magic in a 90-minute game to show the fans why they’ve been brought in and what they’re there for – and it’s excitement.

“And as a striker, I would be so excited about players like Digne and Coutinho playing behind and around me, wow. They’ll be really looking forward to the supply that they’ll be providing.”

Ings has netted four Premier League goals for Aston Villa this term, while Watkins has registered five top-flight strikes.

The Midlands club sit 13th after 19 games.

In other news, pundit insists three Aston Villa stars are ‘looking to move’ after source’s update today.