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Tottenham are prepared to offer a player in part-exchange to land Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, Football Insider sources understand.
The 24-year-old is being eyed by Spurs as a summer target even though he has spent most of the season on the sidelines.
A well-placed source has told Football Insider that the north Londoners are weighing up a big-money move for Wilson, who is rated in the £20million bracket by Bournemouth.
Tottenham are ready to offer one of youthful midfield trio Ryan Mason, Nabil Bentaleb or Tom Carroll in part-exchange for the Cherries spearhead.
One of Spurs’ priorities in this summer’s transfer window is to sign a forward who can take some of the goalscoring burden off Harry Kane.
The Londoners are also eyeing other young strikers in the £20million bracket including West Brom’s Saido Berahino and Marseille’s Michy Batshuayi.
Football Insider has learned that manager Mauricio Pochettino also wants to sign a proven central midfielder, which would have the knock-on effect of pushing Mason, Bentaleb and Carroll down the White Hart Lane pecking order.
The three Academy graduates are regular members of the first-team squad but spent most of the season as back up to first-choice pair Eric Dier and Mousa Dembele.
The Londoners ended the campaign in third position after challenging for the Premier League title up until two matches remaining but a poor series of results meant their season ending with a whimper.
Bournemouth are expected to demand in the region of £20million for Wilson, who scored five goals in seven Premier League starts before a cruciate ligament injury wrecked his season.
Wilson is now fully fit again and started the Cherries’ 3-1 defeat at Manchester United on Tuesday night.
Manager Eddie Howe admitted after the match that West Ham tabled a double bid of around £25million for Wilson and his team-mate Matt Richie on Monday.
“We had a bid yesterday evening,” Howe said, as quoted by the BBC website. “Why it come in the day before our season has finished, I don’t know.
“It was from West Ham but the bid was rejected and we have no intention to sell. We want to try to improve our squad, not weaken it.”
Wilson has a track record as consistent scorer, although he has spent most of his career in the lower divisions.
The Englishman hit 21 goals in League One for Coventry in the 2013-14 season before scoring 20 in the Championship as Bournemouth won promotion.
He began the season impressively for Howe’s team in the Premier League but has not yet proved to be a regular scorer in the top flight.
In other Tottenham transfer news, Juventus are eyeing a double move for Spurs duo amid doubts over their futures.