An interesting one on Sunday night, with Sky Sports reporting that Newcastle United want Callum Wilson.
They claim that their information is that Rafa Benitez wants to add the 24 year old striker to his squad in this January transfer window.
Callum Wilson has a striking scoring record in recent seasons scoring 51 league goals in his 105 league starts (plus six as a sub), spread over the Premier League, Championship and League One, with Coventry and Bournemouth.
Recent days have seen reports of supposed Newcastle interest in the striker, as they look to add to the goal power of Dwight Gayle.
Newcastle lured Matt Ritchie away from the south coast club in the summer despite a drop down a division, which maybe adds to the possibility of this being no idle rumour – Eddie Howe said at the time that despite being in a higher division Bournemouth couldn’t compete with Newcastle’s wage offer.
Callum Wilson has five Premier League goals so far this season in 16 appearances (14 starts and two off the bench), last season he showed early promise when scoring five in the top tier in only nine starts (plus four as a sub) but a serious ACL injury (similar to Rolando Aarons) ruled him out for most of the campaign.
Newcastle United were linked with Callum Wilson at the end of November and the Bournemouth boss responded.
Eddie Howe speaking to the Daily Echo:
“It (reports of Callum Wilson heading to Newcastle) has got no relevance to us.
“Not to the football club or to Callum. There’s no substance to the story.
“The only time that will influence him is if he believes it or reads it himself.
“And I would encourage my players to just concentrate on their day-to-day job.”
Callum Wilson has been left on the bench for Bournemouth’s last two matches with Afobe and King preferred, so it remains to be seen if Bournemouth are really determined to hold onto the striker if a bid comes in, from Newcastle or elsewhere.