By Alex Taylor
West Ham have missed out on a key summer target as Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has put pen to paper a new contract, it was announced on Friday.
The 24-year-old forward has signed a new four-year deal, tying him to the club until 2020.
Wilson caught the attention of several Premier League clubs this season and was the subject of an offer from the Hammers in May.
It is believed the east London club submitted a £25million bid including add-ons for both Callum Wilson and Matt Ritchie.
But Ritchie has joined Newcastle in a deal worth £12million and in the same day Wilson has committed his future to Bournemouth.
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The young forward has scored 25 goals in 54 appearances since his £3million move from Coventry to Bournemouth in 2014.
“We’re absolutely delighted that Callum has signed a new four-year deal,” Bournemouth’s chief executive Neill Blake told the club’s website. “Callum has constantly improved during his time here and only his injury stopped him from having a big impact in the Premier League last year.
“Now back to full fitness, we’re excited to see Callum continue to improve over the next four years.”
Slaven Bilic had hoped to lure Wilson to the Olympic Stadium this summer as his side prepares to challenge on all fronts next season after qualifying for the Europa League.
The move would have seen the Bournemouth star link up with Andy Carroll, Dimitri Payet and Diafra Sakho in a prolific strike force that helped West Ham score 65 goals in the Premier League this season.