It’s been reported that Aston Villa have had their initial bid for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson rejected, with the offer believed to be £15m with an add-on package that could take it up to £20m.
Daily Telegraph journalist Matt Law claims to have been told the Cherries are looking for a £17m fixed fee, but it seems Villa are the only ones to put in a solid bid thus far, making them the current favourites for the Coventry-born striker.
Wilson, an England international last year, is obviously keen to remain in the Premier League, after his 20 goals in his first season at Bournemouth helped win them promotion from the Championship back in the 2014/15 season.
The 28-year-old striker has suffered anterior cruciate ligament injuries in both knees between 2015 and 2017, but has since averaged over 30 games-a-season in the past three seasons. Throughout his career on the south coast, he’s averaged roughly a goal every 3.5 games, with the 2018/19 season his best effort with 14 goals in 30 Premier League outings.
As the MOMS podcast declared in an earlier show on Villa’s potential transfer target, Wilson is a player that has impressed when he’s played Villa and the kind of player you don’t want playing against you.
In short, he’d make a useful addition to Villa’s squad of strikers that currently does lack Premier League experience and goals in their ranks.
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That said, his injury record has put off some sections of the Villa fanbase and the fact he’s only managed double figures once in the Premier League, yet Wilson is one of only five Englishmen to have a direct hand in 40+ goals over the past three PL seasons, along with Sterling, Kane, Vardy and Rashford.
When it comes to a proven Premier League attacking threat, it could be as good as it gets for Villa, in terms of getting someone in before the start of the season, at a reasonable price (i.e. not the originally mooted £20m+).
Villa still face competition in the wings, with Steve Bruce’s Newcastle, who are also looking to lock down Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser on a free transfer, understood to have an eye on bidding for Wilson. It’s thought they are preparing to offer Matt Ritchie as a make weight in the other direction.
West Ham, Fulham and Tottenham are also meant to be in the mix, although there’s no reports of any of them firming up their interest at this stage.
UPDATE : 6th September – Newcastle have allegedly had a £20m bid accepted by Bournemouth, with the Daily Mail reporting Villa have cooled their interest.