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Callum Wilson: Strike Set to join Newcastle from Bournemouth in £20m deal

 



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Newcastle United have had a £20m bid accepted for Bournemouth's England striker Callum Wilson.


Aston Villa has withdrawn a better bid of £21m, with Wilson preferring a move to St James' Park.


The 28-year-old, who has won four England caps, made 184 appearances for the Cherries and scored 67 goals, having joined from Coventry in 2014.


Newcastle manager Steve Bruce wants to reunite Wilson together with his former Cherries team-mate Ryan Fraser.


Scotland winger Fraser is on the brink of completing a free transfer to St James' Park.


Wilson has one England goal to his name - scored on his debut against us in November 2018 - and won his most up-to-date international cap within the 6-0 convert Bulgaria in Sofia in October 2019.


The striker is about to be the newest high-profile departure from Bournemouth following their relegation from the Premier League in July, with Nathan Ake moving to Manchester City during a "£41m" deal and goalkeeper "Aaron Ramsdale" signed by "Sheffield United for £18.5m"



Bournemouth remains very keen to bring their former winger Matt Ritchie back south from Newcastle, with finances the large hurdle to beat.


Analysis

For Bournemouth, it had been a case of where - instead of if - Callum Wilson would go.


After a few of cheeky water-testing low bids from Newcastle and Aston Villa, £20m seems a good price for the player, given his age - 29 in February - and therefore the incontrovertible fact that last season wasn't a spectacular success for Wilson personally, albeit during a struggling team, with just nine-goal involvements, compared with 23 during the previous Premier League campaign.


He'll certainly suit the way Newcastle wish to play; he features a great engine when utilized as a lone striker, but does get to regain the arrogance and form that brought him his England caps, having just lost his place within the international set-up.


Bournemouth could still realistically lose Joshua King, while David Brooks also has admirers, but with Nathan Ake, Aaron Ramsdale, and now Wilson departing, additionally to the sooner exit of Ryan Fraser, the necessity for 2 or three quality reinforcements is obvious.

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