Kevin Phillips has urged Callum Wilson to move to Newcastle United this summer despite the Amanda Staveley-led consortium pulling out of a deal to buy the club.
The former England international, speaking exclusively to Football Insider correspondent Dylan Childs, claimed that the 28-year-old would be first choice at St. James Park next season, was he to move to Tyneside this summer.
Sky Sports reported that the Bournemouth striker is being targeted by the Magpies, West Ham and Spurs.
Joelinton and Sebastien Haller arrived for big money last summer but both failed to meet expectations for Newcastle and the Hammers, respectively.
Phillips urged Wilson to join Steve Bruce’s side despite the announcement that the proposed £300million takeover of the club is off.
“If Harry Kane moved on, I would go to Tottenham but assuming Kane stays he will be the second striker,” he told Football Insider.
“I know what it is like to play football up in the North East, Sunderland fans will not thank me for this but I would go to Newcastle if I was Wilson.
“If he was to go to Newcastle or West Ham he is going to play because Haller and Joelinton have not exactly lit it up. Callum Wilson would have a fantastic chance of playing week in, week out and I would want that if I was moving.”
Joelinton scored just two Premier League goals last season, while Haller scored seven.
Wilson scored eight league goals last term but it was not enough to save the Cherries from relegation.
In other Newcastle United news, Darren Bent has told Football Insider who was to blame after “massive” takeover development.
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