West Ham appear to have turned their attention to Callum Wilson after missing out on Maxi Gomez. According to The London Evening Standard, West Ham’s move for Gomez is off (he is heading to Valencia instead) and Wilson is now the main target.
Manuel Pellegrini is a big fan of Wilson and is ready to launch a bid for him. Bolstering the striker department has become a more pressing concern after Marko Arnautovic’s departure.
And armed with extra cash from the sale of Arnautovic, West Ham could bid for Wilson. But Bournemouth reportedly value the England international at £60m (Standard).
West Ham’s interest in Wilson is backed up elsewhere. According to The Sun, West Ham and Chelsea both want Wilson but Bournemouth are preparing a bumper contract offer to fend off any interest.
The Cherries want to give Wilson a five-year deal, until 2024, worth £26m to shrug off West Ham, Chelsea and Everton. This could be the next striker saga for West Ham.
Callum Wilson: Talented but injury-prone
Wilson’s talent cannot be doubted. The 27-year-old has consistently proven that he scores goals at the top level. In 91 Premier League games, Wilson has scored 33 goals and provided 13 assists.
He has also received a call-up to the England squad and he scored on his debut against the United States. But there is one major concern with Wilson.
The former Coventry City striker has been dogged with injuries throughout his career. Wilson has spent lengthy periods of time out injured ever since Bournemouth won promotion to the Premier League.
Pellegrini is clearly a fan and West Ham could go all out for Wilson after missing out on Gomez. But West Ham must consider the £60m-rated striker’s injury record too.