It’s been well documented over the first month of the transfer window that Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson is someone Steve Bruce would love to bring to Tyneside this summer.
He’s a proven goalscorer (without being majorly prolific) at Premier League level and will want a move back to the top flight following the Cherries’ relegation to the Championship.
That said, he’ll come at a cost – as any decent striker does – and The Chronicle’s Lee Ryder has revealed today just how much of Bruce’s reported ‘£35m budget’ he’d take up.
United have been linked with Callum Wilson of relegated AFC Bournemouth throughout the summer but Chronicle Live understands that the striker will want more than £75,000 per week to make the trip to the North-East, and Newcastle chiefs have been told to cut their cloth accordingly by Mike Ashley.
With the Cherries insisting on a £30million fee it would potentially clear out Steve Bruce’s entire summer budget.
Interestingly, the same piece also states that Bruce is an admirer fellow Bournemouth star Josh King, although it seems he’s in talks over a potential move to Italy:
Steve Bruce was keen on bringing in Wilson’s team-mate Josh King but the Norwegian international’s agent has been aiming high around Europe and been in dialogue with both Lazio and AC Milan.
It seems pretty clear that Wilson is one of Bruce’s ‘top targets’ this summer, however it’s also obvious that he may have to blow all of his budget on one player if he wants to bring the England international to Tyneside.
It may well be £35m plus player sales, but with Mike Ashley often asking for agent fees and wages (over the length of the players contract) to be factored in, a deal for Wilson could cost our entire budget plus £4m in wages per year (which would be £12m if he signed a three-year deal).
I’d love to see him arrive at St James’ Park and think Bournemouth will be forced to settle for more like £20m in the end, but is our want-away owner really going to spend this sort of money on a striker nearing his 29th birthday.
This is the man who wouldn’t sign a 29-year-old Salomon Rondon, remember…