Former Mag Lee Clark believes Steve Bruce must be allowed to sign a Premier League with experience and a proven record in England this summer.
As a result, he believes Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson is the man we must turn to – even if he won’t come cheap from the Cherries.
Despite their struggles, Wilson has scored 33 goals in his last three seasons on the South Coast, also weighing in with 16 assists in that time.
Here’s what ex-NUFC midfielder Lee Clark told Tribal Football:
“Without a doubt Steve Bruce needs a striker,”
“Someone with Premier League experience who has scored goals at that level on a regular basis.
“When I’m talking like that I’m talking about someone like Callum Wilson.
“I think he would be an excellent signing but obviously he’s not going to come cheap.
“Bournemouth are a financially strong football club and certainly won’t be letting one of their prized assets leave for cheap money.
“And that would mean – with the exception of the Joelinton deal – Mike would have to do something that he hasn’t really done in many previous windows and that is up the money.”
Sky Sports confirmed our interest in the 28-year-old recently, but did state that the likes of West Ham and Spurs are also considering a potential move.
He looks almost certain to move on following Bournemouth’s relegation to the Championship, but he’s still expected to fetch at least £20m.
It’s a fee we could technically afford if Bruce’s budget really is £35m, however that would be a sizeable chunk and the sort of deal our current owner has been reluctant to do in the past for a man who’s edging closer to his 30’s.
Would Wilson be the perfect striker we could realistically attract this summer in our bid to sign a proven goalscorer on a budget?