EXCLUSIVE

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson could see a move to West Ham as a sideways step for his career, according to Danny Mills.

The former England and Leeds defender, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, was left applauding how the 27-year-old has battled back for injury and tipped him to be looking for a move to a top six side were he to leave his current club.

A report from the Sun claims that the Hammers are lining up a move to take the England international away from the south coast and to east London, with a £35million bid in the offing.

However, Mills insists that it could cost suitors a lot more to prise him from the grasp of the Cherries and that a move to West Ham might not be seen by the player as an improvement in his career.

“There was talk in the past of Chelsea were interested in him and I can completely understand that,” Mills told Football Insider

“He’s done incredibly well to come back from two horrific knee injuries. Unless you’ve been in a similar situation you don’t realise the resolve, the commitment, determination, self-belief that it takes to come back from that. It’s incredible what he has managed to achieve and the standards he has got himself back to.

“I’m not sure you’d get him for £35million, you might have to pay an awful lot more than that. If he is to go, somebody slightly higher, closer to that top six – I think he’d be a little bit more interested. He might feel that a step to West Ham might be a little bit more of a sideways step rather than a step up.”

Wilson, who has picked up three caps for England since his debut in November 2018, scored 14 goals in 30 league appearances during the 2018/19 campaign, adding a further 10 assists to his tally.

He has managed to play in 91 games in the Premier League with serious injuries suffered in September 2015 and February 2017 curtailing his career.

In other West Ham news, it can be REVEALED that a first-team talent has told the club he is ready to quit this summer.