Date: 6th September 2020 at 9:50am
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On Saturday AFC Bournemouth received two bids for striker Callum Wilson, the first came from Newcastle United, the second came from Aston Villa.

Newcastle United made an improved offer of around £20million, whilst Aston Villa attempted to gazump their bid with £21million.

News of the impending sale of the 28-year-old England international will please Coventry City supporters, who are due a cash windfall.

Coventry City are believed to hold a sell-on clause of around 10-15% on any profit the Cherries make on Wilson following his July 2014 move to Dean Court for a reported upfront fee of £2.25million.

Meanwhile, AFC Bournemouth are looking to recoup the losses from television revenue following relegation from the Premier League. The Watford Observer have estimated this loss at around £60million for the three relegated clubs following the end of the 2019/20 top-flight campaign.

The previous sales of Nathan Ake to Manchester City for £41million, Aaron Ramsdale to Sheffield United for £18.5million and now the impending sale of Callum Wilson, has seen AFC Bournemouth receive reported income of nearly £80million.

The Cherries and fellow relegated clubs Norwich City and Watford would also make attempts to lower their bloated top-flight wage bills, to give them a better financial footing heading into life in the Championship.

The striker himself, with ambitions of fighting for his England place ahead of the re-scheduled UEFA European Championships in 2021, would also see his future in the Premier League, so a deal was somewhat inevitable, it was just a matter of where would he go, not if.

It seems that Newcastle United have won that particular battle, with Aston Villa withdrawing from the race, as reported by both Sky Sports’ Mark McAdam and BBC Radio Solent’s Kris Temple.

AFC Bournemouth and Newcastle United had already reportedly been in talks regarding Callum Wilson, with former Dean Court favourite Matt Ritchie potentially returning to the south coast as part of the deal.

However Kris Temple has confirmed that Matt Ritchie is not part of this deal, however talkSPORT’s Alex Crook believes that Ritchie remains AFC Bournemouth manager Jason Tindall’s top summer priority.

Presuming Callum Wilson does go on to agree on personal terms, it is also looking increasingly likely that this move by Newcastle United will turn into a buy-one get one free deal, with free agent Ryan Fraser also set to move to Newcastle United, following his acrimonious departure from AFC Bournemouth.

Wilson leaves Dean Court as one of the key players behind AFC Bournemouth’s promotion to the top flight of English football.

During his maiden season in 2014/15, Wilson scored 20 goals and claimed 7 assists in 45 Championship appearances, the Cherries would go on to lift the Championship trophy in May 2015.

The following five seasons have proved to be somewhat of a rollercoaster for Wilson, during AFC Bournemouth’s first season in the Premier League and on the brink of an England call-up, Callum Wilson would suffer the first of what would be two severe ACL injuries.

Despite spending a combined total of around 15 months on the sidelines with those two knee injuries, Wilson still averaged a goal in every 2.6 games.

Chuck in his assists and his goal involvement is a goal in every 2 games.

His overall tallies are 187 appearances across all competitions, scoring 67 goals.

Is £20million for Wilson the right price?

Yes - Good deal

Yes - Good deal

No - Sold too cheap

No - Sold too cheap

Don't know

Don't know

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tedisking wrote…

he’s been pretty poor the last 18 months…..think it’s a good deal in this day and age .

kirsikka wrote…

I honestly don’t understand this rewriting of history. He was poor for one season, along with a large swathe of the whole team which would indicate there was something else at play rather than him losing it as an individual.

In the other 6 months of your 18 months, he scored 6 goals in 11 games in the PL. That’s excellent form.

He’s a player that has consistently done well in the PL. He’s a striker who always carries a premium. For what it’s worth he’s homegrown. He has long since proven his two major injuries are behind him.

Yes, he wants to go but there are several suitors out there and proven PL goal scorers are hard to come by. Last season Newcastle blew £40m on Jeolinton. Villa £20m or so on Wesley. Neither of which had any track record in the PL.

Last season is an aberration in Wilson’s career. The market is tough right now, that I know but if they use him right then Newcastle have just bought themselves the goals to secure PL safety next season and probably a couple of years beyond that. At £20m that’s an absolute snip.

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