AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson is reportedly interested in a return to the Premier League to chase his international ambitions with England.
Over the next calendar year, England have crucial UEFA Nations League fixtures as well as preparations for the rescheduled UEFA European Championships in the summer of 2021.
Aston Villa are said to be very interested in the 28-year-old striker according to the Daily Mail, but the report does reiterate that the Cherries “are determined to retain as many of their key men as possible and also have no intention of selling anyone who does leave on the cheap.”
AFC Bournemouth are said to be wanting in the region of £20-30million for the striker and Aston Villa are the club most willing to pay the most in an “upfront deal”, but a deal with Newcastle United could well tempt AFC Bournemouth to sell in a cash plus player deal.
In fact, reports from the North East have insinuated that it is indeed the Cherries who are chasing a certain player in particular as a makeweight in the deal and that player is AFC Bournemouth fan favourite Matt Ritchie.
AFC Bournemouth have reiterated to #NUFC they want Matt Ritchie back in swap deal if they want to sign Callum Wilson. Aston Villa also keen on the striker.
— Lee Ryder (@lee_ryder) September 1, 2020
The Northern Echo have stated that “the Magpies have been in discussions with Bournemouth officials over Wilson for most of the summer, but have so far been unable to broker a deal”.
The report added that the situation “has changed in the last few days, with Bournemouth indicating an interest in re-signing Ritchie”.
As we discussed on @TSBreakfast yesterday, #NUFC are one of a number of clubs interested in signing #AFCB striker Callum Wilson. Jason Tindall would like to bring Matt Ritchie back as part of the deal and I am led to believe the player would be keen to return to the south coast.
— Alex Crook ⚽️🎙 (@alex_crook) September 1, 2020
The Daily Express, however, have reported that Tottenham Hotspur’s interest in Callum Wilson also remains strong.
They claim that “Express Sport understands that Tottenham are willing to meet Wilson’s wage demands. The striker wants £75,000 per week before leaving Bournemouth, who are holding out for £30m fee. Mourinho is keen to recruit the 28-year-old but many have to sell before he can buy anymore players.
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Tottenham Hotspur are also reportedly keen in Wilson’s AFC Bournemouth striker partner Joshua King.
Hmmm… Higher upfront payment (probably between £20m – £25m) over a lesser fee in instalments (probably) and Matt Ritchie, who may not be convinced about returning to both us and the championship…
I’m not convinced Ritchie will command that much of a fee so it depends on how much ‘more’ the Villa bid could be…
If Newcastle bid north of £15m upfront + Ritchie… and he’s good with the move… Seems a decent deal all round. – Join the conversation, click here.