By Dominic Toner
Newcastle are interested in signing Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson, according to a report.
The Sun claim that the Magpies are preparing a January bid for the 24-year-old, who has been in good form for the Premier League side this season.
The report details that Bournemouth manager Eddie Howe is reluctant to sell the striker and it would take a big price to secure his signature.
Wilson has made 16 appearances this season for Bournemouth and scored five goals in return.
The Cherries are currently 13th in the Premier League table and Wilson is regarded as one of their best strikers, but they also have the likes of Benik Afobe and Josh King in their squad.
Wilson has a strong record in front of goal during his Bournemouth career, scoring 33 goals in 79 appearances.
Newcastle are currently second-placed in the Championship behind leaders Brighton and are hopeful of securing an automatic promotion this season.
Dwight Gayle has been the star striker for Rafael Benitez’s side this season, but there are question marks whether he can continue his form all year.
Football Insider verdict:
Newcastle should focus their efforts on strengthening other areas of their squad in the January transfer window as they already have several top strikers fighting for a position. Wilson would certainly add some extra quality to Benitez and would probably prove unplayable for Championship defences, but Newcastle have enough in their current squad to secure promotion. The Bournemouth striker would cost a huge fee and the Magpies could do with improving their midfield instead. Wilson has achieved promotion from the Championship before with Bournemouth and it would be difficult to persuade him to drop down from the Premier League. Newcastle’s Gayle also plays in a similar style to Wilson and they should stand by their current goalscorer.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club’s supporters are hoping a 29-year-old midfielder returns to the club.