West Ham conceded defeat in their pursuit of Maxi Gomez yesterday and have turned their attention to Callum Wilson, according to The London Evening Standard.
But Bournemouth are desperate to keep Wilson amid interest from West Ham, Everton and Chelsea. According to The Sun, Bournemouth will offer Wilson a lucrative new contract to fend off rival clubs.
Wilson’s new deal will be a five-year contract, keeping him on the south coast until 2024. His wages will rise dramatically and he stands to earn £26m across the next five years.
West Ham’s Callum Wilson hopes fade
The London Evening Standard reports that Bournemouth currently rate their star man at £60m but Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan. Armed with money from the sale of Marko Arnautovic to Shanghai SIPG, West Ham could conceivably fund this move.
But if Wilson signs the new contract, Eddie Howe’s men will be under no pressure to sell. Their £60m price tag will just increase and West Ham’s hopes of signing their man will fade.
If Pellegrini has his heart set on the 27-year-old, the club need to act quickly. Wilson will still remain a target until he has accepted Bournemouth’s offer. But after he signs fresh terms with Bournemouth, the Hammers need to move on from the England striker.