The BBC report that Aston Villa look set to make a move for Callum Wilson in a bid to sign the Bournemouth striker before Newcastle United.
This comes from the BBC’s Chief football writer Phil McNulty, who claims that a deal ‘worth around £20m’ is now being discussed between the two clubs, with Villa ready to make a firm bid for the 28-year-old.
A deal involving Matt Ritchie plus cash has been mooted from our end, and its claimed Wilson would be keen on a move to Tyneside, however it looks like Villa will try to steal a match on Steve Bruce with an offer of their own.
Here’s a snippet from the BBC report, which also suggests West Ham and Spurs have previously shown interest:
“Aston Villa are hoping to sign Bournemouth’s England striker Callum Wilson after opening talks on a deal worth about £20m.
“He has also been linked with Newcastle, West Ham and Tottenham but Villa, who have also been touted as a potential destination for Brentford’s Ollie Watkins, are ready to make a firm move.”
This is a warning sign for Steve Bruce in our pursuit of his reported ‘top target’ and will hopefully push the club to submit an official offer of Matt Ritchie plus cash.
On the plus side, Bournemouth are believed to be VERY keen to bring Matt Ritchie back, while The Mail’s Craig Hope reported on Tuesday that we were Wilson’s preferred destination. That said. a return to the Midlands may also appeal to the striker given he is a Brummy.
Let’s hope the decision makers on the South Coast prefer Ritchie plus cash over a straight £20m, and that Wilson really does favour a move to St James’ over Villa Park – because it sounds like the latter may have made the first move!