Silly season is well and truly upon us if you're an Aston Villa supporter.
The sheer number of rumours that emerged upon their promotion last summer was quite frightening. Accounting for everything, over 30 players could have arrived through the door if every link came true.
It was a mighty spree from Dean Smith's side and just a year on, they're now being linked with a plethora of new faces again.
Talk about a Smith reunion.
However, a new striker target has now been identified by Smith and the club's Sporting Director Johan Lange.
According to a report from The Mirror, Villa are considering a swoop for a Premier League striker.
That happens to be Liverpool's Divock Origi.
The newspaper suggests that Watkins is their prime target, but if Origi is allowed to leave, then the Villans could swoop for the 25-year-old.
It's thought the forward is keen to play regular football ahead of earning a place in Belgium's squad for the European Championship's next year.
Transfermarkt currently value the player at just £14.4m, a price that is considerably cheaper than the fee Brentford are demanding for Watkins.
It was suggested this week that he could be sold for £25m.
GIVEMESPORT'S Matt Dawson says...
Villa must be careful with what they do this summer.
Yes, they are in dire need of more goals, but they cannot afford to risk upsetting what is already a bulked up position in the squad.
They have Mbwana Samatta, Wesley and Keinan Davis to offer minutes to, but they scored just six league goals between them in 2019/20.
With that said, surely one of them would need to leave if Aston Villa have ideas of bringing in the likes of Watkins and Origi.
He is regularly used from the bench but in the words of Jurgen Klopp, is still an "unbelievably important" player to him.
It's clear to see why too. He has scored vital goals in the Merseyside derby, against Barcelona and also in the Champions League final.
If Villa want a man for the big occasion, then Origi is the right player to be looking at. Either way, both he and Watkins would surely be a gamble - none are completely established in the top-flight.
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