The Chronicle’s Mark Douglas has written an interesting piece on our pursuit of a new striker this summer, naming one who could arrive and another who could depart as a result.
The one we’re pursuing is believed to be Callum Wilson, the Bournemouth star who’s just seen his side drop back down into the second tier, however he reports that Dwight Gayle’s patience could be tested as a result.
Douglas reports that we’re hoping to make ‘swift progress’ in the transfer market, stating that the signing of a new striker is ‘top of the agenda’.
He states that Wilson is on our wishlist, but states that uncertainty over Bruce’s budget and the ‘volatile’ nature of the transfer market in the midst of this global pandemic means a quick deal for the 28-year-old is unlikely.
Elsewhere, The Chronicle also hint that West Brom may look to bring Dwight Gayle back to the Hawthorns following his 24-goal loan spell across 2018/19, revealing how they actually agreed a deal with the striker last summer – only for the player to turn it down in a bid to fight for his future on Tyneside.
Since then he’s ended the 2019/20 season well, but Douglas believed the signing of a new striker this summer will test his resolve. After all, will he be happy to sit around if he’s no longer than man spearheading Bruce’s attack?
Back to Wilson, he is perhaps the closest thing to Premier League proven we may be able to sign this summer and would be a real upgrade on our current options.
How much he costs and the level of interest Bournemouth will receive is a concern (I don’t see us beating off any top clubs or having the budget to spend over £20m), but his record of 57 goal involvements (41 goals and 16 assists) in 126 Premier League appearances make it clear to see why we want him.