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Aston Villa moved swiftly for the 24-year-old forward after failing in a bid to sign Callum Wilson from Bournemouth.

Ollie Watkins was a key player for The Bees last season, scoring 26 goals as they missed out on promotion against Fulham in the Championship play-off final.

Villa manager Smith has been determined to improve his striking options after his side only secured Premier League safety on the final day of last season.

Smith’s side scored 41 top-flight goals last season, but only six came from forwards – including five from striker Wesley.

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