Sky Sports are claiming that West Ham boss David Moyes wants to sign Bournemouth hitman Callum Wilson this summer. The Cherries are asking for at least £20 million for the 28-year-old striker.
And this is one the Hammers should avoid at all costs.
Moyes does need to bolster his attacking options at the London Stadium this summer. That cannot be denied.
But spending £20 million on Callum Wilson would be a real kamikaze move that would reek of short-term thinking.
Signing England international an absolute no-go
First of all, there is the 28-year-old’s horrendous injury record to take into account.
Since the start of the 2015/16 campaign, the 28-year-old has missed 498 days of football through injury, with two of those spells on the sidelines being due to cruciate ligament ruptures (Transfermarkt).
Secondly, Wilson’s record wasn’t exactly breathtaking this season, with only nine goals to his name in 39 games for the Cherries (Transfermarkt).
And thirdly, the striker is hardly popular amongst the West Ham fans. In fact, it could be argued that he is even a hate figure in east London.
He scores regularly against the Hammers, with seven goals in eight appearances to his name (Transfermarkt).
And one of those goals back in 2017 came when he handled the ball into the back of the net. But it was his post-match comments that angered the West Ham faithful more than anything else, as quoted via the Express:
“I tried to go in as a striker and follow the ball in and put a little touch on it to our delight but not to West Ham’s.”
Asked what touch he got, Wilson laughed and said:
Wilson would be far from a popular signing at the London Stadium. That much is pretty obvious.
And spending £20 million on him would be a huge risk for West Ham.
This is quite simply one that that Hammers must avoid this summer.