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Sources: Aston Villa agree terms of crucial new deal for Arsenal, Newcastle, Tottenham target

Emi Martinez and Ollie Watkins of Aston Villa

Ollie Watkins has rebuffed overtures from a host of rival clubs to agree a new deal at Aston Villa, TEAMtalk understands.

Watkins has been in sensational form in recent weeks, scoring 11 goals in 2023 so far. They have come within his most recent 12 appearances, showing how often he has been a goalscoring threat.

It has led to a revival of links with a transfer to long-term admirers like Arsenal, who are one of the clubs Watkins scored against in February as his form began to ramp up.

We understand that there has been further interest in Watkins as a potential transfer target for other clubs. Our sources have revealed that Arsenal, Tottenham Hotspur and Newcastle United all expressed an interest in the 27-year-old via his representatives.

Watkins had been considering his options but since the arrival of Unai Emery he believes he can achieve all his goals, including becoming an England regular, under the Spanish tactician.

Watkins has agreed the terms on the new deal and only the formalities remain to be finalised before Villa announce it.

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Aston Villa making major progress

Villa signed Watkins from Brentford in 2020, for what was a club-record transfer fee at the time. Prior to Saturday’s game against his former team, his record in Villa colours stands at 42 goals from 109 appearances.

He scored a total of 16 goals in his first season with the club, including 14 in his first ever Premier League campaign. He followed it up with 11 (all in the league) last season, and with 15 to his name so far this term (all but one coming in the top flight) he is on course for one of his best years in front of goal.

Watkins’ original contract with Villa has been due to last until 2025. But he is now ready to commit to the club for even longer, in turn snubbing some of the sides above the Villans in the Premier League table.

Emery’s side have been climbing up the standings themselves in recent weeks thanks to their improving form. They started Saturday in sixth place, three points behind Tottenham in fifth and six behind Newcastle in fourth.

Watkins has never played in a UEFA competition before, but if Villa can keep up their form, he might get the chance to do so with them next season.

If not, there have been some other clubs willing to offer him that opportunity, yet the seven-cap, two-goal England international sees his future being at Villa Park.

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