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Michael Brown admits that Bournemouth have “got their work cut out” trying to replace Callum Wilson after he joined Newcastle United .

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider assistant editor Russell Edge, the former Man City and Tottenham midfielder believes that the Cherries’ loss is the Magpies’ gain after he completed a move to Tyneside.

As revealed by Football Insider on Monday, the total deal to sign the 28-year-old will cost Newcastle in the region of £45million, with £20million of that the transfer fee.

It is understood that the Magpies have made the England striker one of the club’s top earners with a four-year contract of £100,000-a-week.

Brown believes that it is money well spent for Bruce and his side after their struggles in attack last season.

Brown told Football Insider: “Well, top of the pitch, Newcastle do need a bit of help and that would be the perfect type of player that Steve Bruce would have been looking for.

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“Poor Bournemouth, as a team, Richard Hughes is head of their recruitment, they’ve really got their work cut out trying to hold onto players, trying to strengthen as well.

“For Newcastle United, it will be a very good signing.” 

Of Newcastle’s centre-forwards from last season, Dwight Gayle managed to finish as the top scorer with his four goals in the club’s final eight games.

Big-money summer signing Joelinton managed to hit the back of the net just twice in the Premier League, while Andy Carroll failed to score at all on his return to St James’ Park.

In other news, Darren Bent claims star was “nailed on to join Liverpool” before Newcastle United pounced to agree terms of deal that’s all but done.