West Ham reportedly have Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson on their radar and he could become a priority if they lose Marko Arnautovic.
According to the Daily Mail, the Hammers consider Bournemouth’s centre-forward a top target if they need to sign a new attacker.
It is understood that Manuel Pellegrini’s side don’t want to lose talisman Arnautovic amid £36million interest from the Chinese Super League, but he does turn 30 this year.
The report details that Wilson is in their sights as a potential replacement and they’d have to pay over £35million for the England internatonal, as he’s been earmarked for around the £50million mark.
West Ham should be keeping Arnautovic in an ideal world given he’s a major presence in attack, but teammates Javier Hernandez, Lucas Perez or Andy Carroll are not putting serious pressure on him for a starting position.
The Hammers have had a long-term problem with their search for a striker and the latest target may be the man to put an end to it.
West Ham have had some miserable failures in attack for the club over the last decade, with the likes of Mido, Benni McCarthy, Marouane Chamakh and Simone Zaza all struggling upon arrival.
Pellegrini’s side are still crying out for a prolific striker in the final third to help ease the burden off versatile attacker Arnautovic.
Wilson may be the answer to the forward search and he’s proving this season he can tear it up in the Premier League.
The speed machine has made 23 appearances across all competitions this campaign for Bournemouth, scoring 10 goals and supplying six assists in return.
He is a 26-year-old coming to the peak of his career and scored on his England debut last year for the senior team.
Wilson has the potential to be a real success if he ends up at the London Stadium, which is why stepping up interest could be a smart move regardless of the Arnautovic situation.