According to the Sun, Newcastle United are interested in bringing Callum Wilson to St James’ Park in the January transfer window. Their interest has been previously reported in the Evening Chronicle, which suggests that there is substance to these rumours. The report goes onto say that it would take a big fee to convince Bournemouth to sell the striker with Eddie Howe reluctant to let him leave the club in January. There is already a relationship between the two clubs, after Newcastle signed Matt Ritchie during the summer.
What would he bring to Newcastle United?
Wilson is a goal-scorer and has proven himself in the Premier League, scoring ten goals in 29 appearances for the Cherries since their promotion. His goal record isn’t as good as he would have liked, but he has suffered a serious injury during that time. The Bournemouth striker is a good finisher and likes to get involved in the build-up play. He is capable of playing passes that open up defences and offers more than just a goal threat. Wilson is a good dribbler and capable of creating space for himself in the final third. His pace and physicality make him a difficult player to deal with when he is at the top of his game.
At the moment, Newcastle have Dwight Gayle and Aleksandar Mitrovic, who both possess different skill-sets. Wilson would represent a combination of the two, as he is mobile and clinical like Gayle, but can also compete physically like Mitrovic. Although Gayle has been excellent this season, in matches that he doesn’t score, his contribution to the side can be limited. Wilson would provide another option and further momentum as Newcastle look to return to the Premier League at the first attempt.
Is a move likely?
It does look like Newcastle are interested in Wilson, but it would be a huge coup if they were to finalise a deal to bring him to the club. Bournemouth have already turned down bids from sides in the past and feel Wilson is an integral part of the side. He has been a regular for the first team this season and there is little need for the Cherries to sell him. That said, if a substantial bid from Newcastle is forthcoming, they may be tempted to cash in on Wilson. He has been frustrating this season and it would be possible to bring in a player that offers more consistency in terms of scoring goals.
Despite being a Championship club, Newcastle have the funds to bring a player like Wilson to the club. They have shown that in the summer and they remain an attractive proposition for players, even though they aren’t currently in the Premier League. That was shown by the club’s ability to bring Matt Ritchie to the club. It will be a tougher ask to bring Wilson to St James’ Park, but it is by no means impossible. There are other areas that need strengthening ahead of the front line and for that reason, I’d be surprised if Newcastle do sign Wilson in January.
5/10 – There is certainly interest from Newcastle, but it would make more sense in the summer if the Magpies are promoted.
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