Wilson is the subject of interest from Aston Villa | Clive Brunskill/Getty Images
Bournemouth have turned down a bid from Aston Villa for striker Callum Wilson, believed to be worth around £15m.
Wilson has spent six seasons with the Cherries, scoring 67 times despite numerous injuries, but is attracting interest from a number of Premier League clubs following Bournemouth’s relegation in July.
Newcastle United are also interested in signing the player.
Wilson was unable to save Bournemouth from relegation | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images
The Villans however stepped up their pursuit of the 28-year-old by tabling a bid on Friday. According to Daily Mail football correspondent Craig Hope, Villa have offered £15m up front for the forward, while a £5m fee in add-ons was also not a part of the deal – despite initial suggestions that this was the case.
The southern club rejected the offer, with the Telegraph’s Matt Law reporting that they are looking for a fixed fee of £17m.
A new striker will be near the top of Dean Smith’s priorities this summer, given the underwhelming performances of record signing Wesley and January recruit Mbwana Samatta in the last campaign.
Wesley struggled for goals at Villa Park | PAUL ELLIS/Getty Images
Brazilian forward Wesley came to Villa Park from Club Brugge for an estimated £22.5m. In his 21 Premier League appearances, he managed to find the net just five times, before a cruciate ligament injury kept him out from January until the end of the season.
Samatta arrived at the Midlands side in January following Wesley’s injury from Belgian club Genk for a reported £10m. The Tanzanian scored on his Premier League debut, but has not managed to net a league goal since – although he did bag one in the Carabao Cup final defeat to Manchester City,
Meanwhile, Steve Bruce’s Magpies remain interested in the England international, and are willing to offer Scottish winger Matt Ritchie as part of the deal.
Matt Ritchie could be on his way back to the Vitality Stadium | Mike Hewitt/Getty Images
Newcastle were the lowest scorers outside of the relegation zone last season. 39% of their goals were scored by defenders, while their top marksman was Jonjo Shelvey with six. The frontline is clearly an issue that needs strengthening at St. James’ Park.
Should a deal be struck, then Ritchie would return to the club where he spent three and a half seasons. In that spell, he earned two promotions with the Cherries, and scored 31 times in all competitions.