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'I'm not leaving': £20m Newcastle player told to join West Ham, says it's definitely not happening

Michail Antonio raised the prospect of Callum Wilson joining him at West Ham but the striker does not want to leave Newcastle.

Antonio and Wilson host the BBC’s Footballer’s Football Podcast and discussed the prospect of playing up front together in the Premier League.

Wilson remains a key part of Newcastle’s attack, despite serious interest in a new striker, with Dominic Calvert-Lewin high up their list.

Antonio is West Ham’s only recognised senior striker and the lack of cover and competition for him has been an issue unresolved since Sebastien Haller’s departure.

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Wilson does not want to leave Newcastle

Antonio spoke about the prospect of Wilson leaving Newcastle for West Ham and said: “To be fair we would compliment each other, but it’s whether someone is willing to take the risk.

“He’d have to come to West Ham though!”

Wilson responded: “Nah, I’m not leaving the Toon! The place is too much.

“Sooner or later Michail’s legs are going to go, his time will want to replace him and he’ll be scrambling around for a club. We might need a kit man or something!”

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Wilson signed for Newcastle in a £20 million (Sky Sports) deal in September 2020, and under Steve Bruce his injury problems since the turn of the year might have been terminal.

But Eddie Howe’s management has meant that is not as big a problem, with Newcastle able to absorb the absence of key players under the former Bournemouth boss.

The pair were clearly joking around and they will both hope to be their clubs’ top scorers and strikers in the 2022/23 season if they can stay fit.

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