Aston Villa’s hopes of signing Callum Wilson having potentially been dealt a blow, with The Northern Echo reporting that Bournemouth’s interest in Matt Ritchie could put Newcastle United in the driving seat.
Wilson’s future has been a talking point since the Cherries were relegated last season. He has proven that he is capable of scoring goals in the Premier League, and both Villa and the Magpies desperately need to sign a striker this summer.
The Northern Echo has suggested that the Villans are prepared to put a higher fee on the table for the £20 million-rated England international. However, that may still not be enough.
The report notes that Newcastle want to include Ritchie in their bid for Wilson with Steve Bruce only having £35 million to spend on signings this summer.
It is suggested that the Cherries are keen on re-signing Ritchie. And the report notes that a potential swap deal may leave Newcastle in pole position.
TBR View: Ritchie decision could have implications for Newcastle and Villa
The Northern Echo does suggest that it is not yet clear how Ritchie would feel about a potential return to the Vitality Stadium.
So his decision may ultimately have major implications for Villa and Newcastle. Should he make it clear he does not want a move, the Magpies may be in trouble.
Bruce would then have to find another way to make their bid for Wilson work. That could require a larger chunk of his budget being eaten up, or perhaps another swap could be mooted.
Should a swap fall through however, Villa may well be ready to pounce.