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Leicester may struggle to get Wilson for £40m given Bournemouth’s January demand

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Leicester may struggle to get Wilson for £40m given Bournemouth’s January demand

Brendan Rodgers reportedly wants Callum Wilson to spearhead his Leicester City attack but the asking price for the Bournemouth man was huge during the January window.

Leicester City want to bring Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson to the King Power Stadium in the summer, according to the Sun.

They report that Brendan Rodgers is looking to overhaul the frontline he has inherited but faces competition from West Ham and Chelsea if he wants Wilson.

The report says that Wilson may cost up to £40m, but the Sun reported last month that Chelsea were quoted £75m when they wanted the England international before signing Gonzalo Higuain.

 

Even allowing for the typically inflated January market, that is a strong indicator of how highly Bournemouth value Wilson and the scale of their financial position.

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Even £40m would be a lot of money to pay for a player with Wilson’s injury record, so getting towards the £75m January demands would not make a great deal of sense for Leicester.

There’s no doubting the Englishman’s quality but is he a £75m striker? He’s not and while Jamie Vardy is capable of leading the line at the King Power, it may be worth spending such a substantial sum of money on other areas of the team.

It is interesting that Rodgers has identified his frontline as an area in need of improvement; having Vardy with the promising Kelechi Iheanacho in reserve looks like reasonable choice, even if the likes of Islam Slimani and Shinji Okazaki need moving on.

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