Date: 10th January 2015 at 7:30am
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AFC Bournemouth top goalscorer Callum Wilson has explained why he turned down a move to Norwich City, ahead of the game that sees Norwich visit Dean Court.

Callum Wilson came through the youth team ranks at Coventry City and went on to score 21 goals in 37 appearances during the 2013/14 season.

He was a target for a number of Championship clubs during the summer of 2014, with Norwich City and AFC Bournemouth agreeing a transfer fee with Coventry.

After speaking to both clubs Wilson agreed a four year contract with AFC Bournemouth on 4th July 2014 and he made the move to Dean Court in a deal reportedly worth in the region of £3million.

He eased into life in the Championship with a brace on his debut against Huddersfield Town and has gone on to net 13 goals in 27 appearances and earned a call up to the England Under 21 squad.

But whilst his immediate impact has been clear, Wilson also believed that he had a better chance of developing his game working with Cherries manager Eddie Howe over former Norwich City manager Neil Adams.

Wilson told the Daily Echo

“I went up there and looked round the stadium and facilities before I came to Bournemouth. One of the main reasons I chose Bournemouth over Norwich was the fact that the manager was more proven at this level. I wanted to make sure I would get that one-to-one learning to help me progress as a player…’

‘…I made my decision based on what I felt would be best for my career and thought I would get the opportunity to play more football here.

“In my mind, I always felt making the step up would not be as hard as people made out and having a chance to properly showcase my talent was a big factor. I didn`t really want to be in a stop-start situation.

“It was important for me to hit the ground running, maintain my form and get goals as quickly as possible.”


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