AFC Bournemouth and England striker Callum Wilson is quietly turning into one of the most sought after players of the 2019 transfer window.
If of course, everything that the British tabloid press has published is indeed accurate.
Over the past few months, Callum Wilson has been strongly linked with a move to Chelsea, at its peak, rumours were circulating about a potential £50million move and even edging towards £70million.
Wilson himself dismissed the interest, stating in April that “I signed a long-term contract, I’m happy down there – I’m playing football, As a professional who’s had the injuries that I’ve had, I just want to play.
“I’m happiest when I’m on the pitch. I never want to go and sort of be somewhere that I’m not going to play.”
Considering Callum Wilson’s comments regarding interest from Chelsea, the same view could be held regarding a move to Tottenham, with England captain Harry Kane being the obvious focal point of that team.
Everton would see Wilson has a key acquisition, however, the initial report claimed that the Merseyside club had to do some selling of current first team members to be able to finance the deal.
The next club interested according to the newspapers is West Ham United. The Sun have reported that they could make a £35million offer with Wilson their “No1 target to bolster their forward line ahead of the new season, with Pellegrini looking to freshen up his attack.”
The 27-year-old has three-years remaining on his current contract at Dean Court but the Daily Star believe Wilson’s “resolve” could be tested with “a considerable pay rise on the £40,000-a-week wages he currently receives”.
Neil Dawson wrote…
West Ham can out pay us and you get to play in front of 60,000 every week. We have to remember that while we are fanatical the players grew up in other towns supporting other teams. Their allegiance on a short career is to setting up their future and playing for a renowned team. They will also though have an allegiance to the journey Eddie Howe has taken them on which is our one gravitational pull against the other pulls. Other than him and it is a nice place to live (and I’m not sure the latter matters that much) there is no reason to stay at Bournemouth if any other premier league team except Burnley come calling.
AFCB Lost in Brum countered…
You claim 60,000 but Newham Council called bull on West Ham’s claim to average 52,300, and said the real figure was 42,700.
At one game West Ham declared a gate but the council found the club had over-egged it by more than 17,000.
Anyway, footballers are humans and you can’t make sweeping assumptions about why players go to different clubs.
Some will be motivated by money, others playing time. A number will want the chance to play in Europe, others will have personal reasons for preferring certain parts of the country. Home ground size could motivate some, and there’s probably a few who want to be with their mates. Hopefully, a minority are told what to do by their agent, and of course working with a specific manager, or not, could be important to some…
Also, humans and footballers desires, needs and wants change as life progresses, so the man desperate for cash aged 18 might prioritise stability aged 28, or vice versa.
So, unless any of us are mind readers, claiming to know what motivates an individual player’s transfer decision is first class bull. – Join the conversation, click here.