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Aston Villa sign striker from Brentford for club record £28m

Aston Villa have completed the signing of striker Ollie Watkins from Brentford for a club record fee of £28m, which could rise to £33m with add-ons.

Watkins who topped the Championship goal chart last season with 26 league goals.

“Ollie has developed into one of the most sought-after strikers in the country,” said Villa boss Dean Smith.

“We are looking forward to seeing him show his great qualities in an Aston Villa shirt.

“He is a hugely determined character who has both the ability and personality to succeed at the highest level.”

“I am so excited to join Aston Villa and to reunite with Dean Smith as my head coach,” said Watkins.

“I want to do something special here and score some goals.”

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