By Tom Blackburn
Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson says there was “never any doubt” he would stay at the club despite a huge summer bid from West Ham.
Sky Sports claimed on their website that the east London club submitted a joint £25million bid earlier this summer for both striker Wilson and winger Matt Ritchie, which was subsequently corroborated by Cherries manager Eddie Howe.
Ritchie has joined Newcastle in a deal worth £12million and Wilson signed a new four-year contract with Bournemouth in July.
Wilson says he is settled at Bournemouth and has high hopes for the team this season after they made the marquee signing of Jordan Ibe this summer.
“There was never any doubt I was going to remain here. After missing a lot of football last year I wanted to make up for it,” he told the Bournemouth Echo.
“The family is settled down in Bournemouth and the club is growing from when I first joined.
“It has changed so much in a short space of time and buying players like that it is only going to get better.
“When I joined for a record fee it was £3m and now that has been blown out of the water. It shows how far the club has come in two or three years.
“We are all Premier League players now so when you add players like Jordon Ibe from clubs like Liverpool it is only going to get stronger.”
The young forward has scored 25 goals in 54 appearances since his £3million move from Coventry to Bournemouth in 2014.
Slaven Bilic had hoped to lure Wilson to the Olympic Stadium this summer as his side prepares to challenge on all fronts this season after qualifying for the Europa League.
The good news for West Ham is they are no longer desperate for a new striker after the recent arrival of Swansea striker Andre Ayew.
Ayew became Slaven Bilic’s seventh signing of the summer following the arrivals of Gokhan Tore, Sofiane Feghouli, Toni Martinez, Havard Nordtveit, Ashley Fletcher and Domingos Quina.
In other West Ham transfer news, they are on alert after Everton were given an emphatic response to £8.5million bid.