Leeds boost in Watkins chase

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Leeds have received a boost in their pursuit of Exeter forward Ollie Watkins as Championship rivals Derby are not in the race, according to a report.

The Sun on Sunday (print edition, page 63, May 14) claimed that Derby were prepared to make a £3million offer to sign the 21-year-old.

However, the Derby Telegraph now report that the Rams are not interested in signing the League Two attacker and there is not set to be any offer made.

That leaves Leeds and Bristol City to battle out for the highly rated youngster’s signature, who are both reportedly showing a strong interest.

The Whites may be looking to bolster their attacking next season as a lack of goals in the side ultimately cost them in their push for promotion.

Garry Monk’s side were too reliant on prolific scorer Chris Wood and had very little back-up in their squad.

They just missed out on the play-offs with a seventh-placed finish and will have to go again next year as they bid to get back to the Premier League.

Meanwhile, target Watkins is currently involved in the League Two play-offs with Exeter and they play the semi-final second leg against Carlisle on Thursday night, with the match tied at 3-3.

Watkins has played a major role in Exeter’s success this season and been in great form in front of goal.

The young forward has made 50 appearances across all competitions this campaign, scoring 14 goals and supplying 13 assists in return.

He was recently named the EFL young player of the season for his efforts this year and the Englishman is expected to climb the footballing ladder.

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