The Guardian reported yesterday that West Ham are preparing a January bid of £25M for 24 year-old Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson – a player we have been linked strongly with these last couple of weeks.
It would be an understatement to say that Italian International striker Simeone Zaza has been a bust on loan at the Hammers this season – and he is yet to score a goal for West Ham after 11 appearances.
Given the Hammers have paid a €5M loan fee for his services they have not got anywhere near value for money and it looks very unlikely they will allow him to play the number of games (rumored to be 14) that will trigger his automatic transfer from Juventus for €20M.
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson – still wanted by West Ham
West Ham are 5th bottom of the Premier League and have only 12 points from their first 13 games and they are one point above the drop zone.
Co-owners David Sullivan and David Gold will be very keen to strengthen their team in January.
Former Newcastle striker Andy Carroll has again been out with another injury and has played only four times this season after picking up a knee injury in late August when it was expected at the time to be out for four weeks.
But he’s not played since last August and is still on his way back to the first team.
If West Ham do bid for Wilson then Newcastle may go all out to try to get the striker in during the January transfer window and we wouldn’t be too surprised if Callum preferred Newcastle and Rafa Benitez over the Hammers.
That’s especially true with former team-mate Matt Ritchie being able to give Callum a great reference of life on Tyneside under the world-class manager.
Newcastle are a completely different club under Benitez and the Magpies are once again an ambitious club who are well endowed financially even though we are in the second division this season.
West Ham bid £15M for Callum last May so they have been after the player for a while now, but Bournemouth may want more than £25M for Callum, given the grossly inflated transfer prices we have seen over the last year.
Newcastle are at the top of the Championship and heavy odds-on favorites to come straight back to the Premier League – and if we do then Rafa wants to build a top team that can compete for trophies in the future.
The fact we are getting 52,000 home crowds at St. James’ Park when we are still in the second division will also help convince Callum where his future may lie.
24 year-old Callum Wilson started his career for two seasons at his home town club Coventry City, where he scored 23 goals in 55 games before signing for Bournemouth in July, 2014 for around £3M.
Callum was out for most of last season with a severe ruptured anterior cruciate ligament which he suffered in September of last year – and he didn’t return to action until late April.
In Bournemouth’s promotion season (2014-2015) he scored 23 goals in 50 appearances and he’s now played 24 Premier League games for the Cherries with 8 goals and he looks a classy player.