By Pranav Shahaney

4th May, 2022 | 12:10pm

David Moyes wants to sign Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins after January West Ham enquiry

David Moyes is reportedly keen on bringing Aston Villa forward Ollie Watkins to West Ham as he looks to sign a striker this summer.

According to ExWHUemployee, the Hammers made an enquiry for the England international in January.

However, they were quoted an extremely high valuation of the player and did not end up pursuing him.

Speaking on the West Ham Way Podcast, Ex said, “Moyes really likes Ollie Watkins at Aston Villa. We made a tentative enquiry for him in January and were quoted ridiculous figures.”

Worth pursuing?

Watkins is a quality striker who would certainly do extremely well at the London Stadium.

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He’s quick, versatile and knows how to find the back of the net. Apart from that, he’s also a hard worker and that’s something Moyes would appreciate.

However, the chance to sign him may have now gone with Villa unlikely to let him leave unless it’s a club-record fee.

The Hammers could’ve signed Watkins from Brentford like they did with Said Benrahma.

Back then, the Bees were in the Championship and not in a position to demand big money for him.

It’s best that Moyes looks elsewhere despite Watkins’ “phenomenal” performances for his club in the last few years.

Signing a striker must remain a priority.

In other West Ham news, a football finance expert has made a mammoth £200m Hammers claim amid recent speculation.

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