Aston Villa has signed striker Ollie Watkins from Championship side Brentford on a five-year deal, the Premier League club said on Wednesday.
Financial details of the deal were not disclosed but British media reported Villa paid a club record fee of 28 million pounds ($36.2 million) plus a potential 5 million pounds in add-ons.
It eclipses the 22 million pounds Villa spent to sign striker Wesley Moraes from Club Brugge last year.
Watkins, 24, was an influential player for Brentford last season, scoring 26 league goals as it missed out on top-flight promotion after losing to Fulham in the Championship playoff final.
Villa, which avoided Premier League relegation on the final day of last season, has been determined to improve attacking options and was also linked with striker Callum Wilson before he completed a…