Exclusive: Pundit claims Newcastle 26-yr-old likely persuaded Wilson to sign
Michael Brown believes the capture of Ryan Fraser will have given Newcastle United an advantage in the hunt to sign Callum Wilson.
Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Leeds midfielder suggests that the existing relationship between the Scotland and England stars will have “made a difference” in the Magpies’ pursuit of the 28-year-old hitman.
Newcastle confirmed the capture of both Fraser, 26, and Wilson on Monday as they signed a five-year and a four-year contract respectively at St James’ Park.
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As revealed by Football Insider, Aston Villa had a bid accepted for Wilson but they were trumped by the Magpies to reunite the former Bournemouth pair at St James’ Park.
The pair built up a formidable partnership during their 119 games playing with one another at the Cherries and have jointly participated in 17 goals.
Brown believes that knowing that Fraser was set to sign on the dotted line for Newcastle will have given him the added confidence and belief that he will get the service he wants on Tyneside.
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Asked if Fraser’s arrival would have swung the hunt for Wilson in Newcastle’s favour, Brown told Football Insider: “It will probably go something like this: ‘You know where to put it, right there in the spaces that I like’.
“You get an understanding with a player who can help you. It will make a difference, he would be looking at it and thinking: ‘Yeah, Ryan’s signing, it would make a difference.'”
Both Wilson and Fraser struggled to replicate their form of the 2018/19 campaign last season, with just eight Premier League goals for the striker and four assists for the winger.
The Scottish ace managed to score seven and set up a further 14 goals during the season before last, while his English counterpart netted 14 times and assisted 10.