By Sam Stone

12th May, 2022 | 6:48am

West Ham United believe they can sign Ollie Watkins from Aston Villa

West Ham believe they have a strong chance of signing Aston Villa striker Ollie Watkins this summer, according to the Daily Mail.

As revealed by the newspaper on Wednesday [11 May], the Hammers believe a potential squad overhaul at Villa Park means a move for Watkins is not out of the question.

The Daily Mail also suggests that Villa will be looking for a “substantial profit” on the striker that signed from Brentford for £33million in 2020.

However, the prospect of European football could see the Hammers’ move for the England international more likely.

Watkins a good fit

Watkins would be an excellent fit for David Moyes’ side.

With the Hammers being such an effective counter-attacking side, Watkins’ pace and power could be effective at the London Stadium.

The signing of Watkins would also provide some much-needed competition for Michail Antonio up front.

These early transfer rumours are a good sign for the West Ham faithful.

This summer is a vital window in the club’s progression, in their quest to remain a top six club on a more regular basis.

With talkSPORT reporting the Hammers offered Declan Rice an eight-year contract, the West Ham hierarchy clearly have ambition.

Although, they would be far better spreading those funds around the squad and surrounding Rice with quality players.

Moyes has worked miracles this season, but it would be hard to see the Hammers replicate this campaign next year with the same squad.

If they can add strength in depth in the spine of their team then Moyes can start to build a competitive squad going into the 2022/23 season.

In other West Ham news, the Hammers keen to sign highly-rated defender with £44m release clause

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