Crystal Palace interested in Brentford’s Watkins

Crystal Palace are interested in Brentford forward Ollie Watkins.

The Bees do not want to sell the 22-year-old this summer and it would take a huge offer for them to consider letting him go.

Watkins was signed for £1.8m from Exeter City last year and has also attracted some interest from Bournemouth, who remain keen on his Brentford team-mate Chris Mepham.

Bournemouth have had two bids for Mepham rejected and are still hoping to agree a deal to sign the Hammersmith-born Wales defender, who impressed after breaking into the first team last season.

Watkins, meanwhile, scored 10 goals in 45 Championship appearances last term.