By Amir Mir
Newcastle will have to smash their transfer record if they want to sign Premier League striker Callum Wilson, according to a report.
The Chronicle claim the Magpies have not given up their hope of landing the 24-year-old, and if they don’t sign him in January, they will pursue him in the summer.
Former England international Michael Owen is the club’s record signing when he joined from Real Madrid for a fee of £16million in 2005.
It is said the Magpies, are playing the waiting game in regards to January deals, remain in the hunt for Wilson but would have to pay more than £4million more than they shelled out on Owen to seal the deal.
Additionally, the Chronicle report that Matt Richie, who joined the north-east club in the summer from the Cherries, has the same representatives as Wilson.
Coventry-born Wilson has scored six goals in 17 Premier League games this season, including netting in his last game when Eddie Howe’s side drew 3-3 with Arsenal.
It is said that the Championship outfit are looking to broker deals this month and would ideally like to bring in players before the Brentford game on Saturday afternoon.
However, it is said that they’re aware that probably only loan deals will be concluded that quickly and are willing to use the whole transfer window to land their targets.
Football Insider verdict:
Paying the big money for Callum Wilson will be worth it for Newcastle in the long run. They are looking likely to secure promotion to the Premier League and Wilson is a player who would do a job for them in both divisions. He would aid their promotion push if signed in January and be a long-term answer to scoring goals in the top-tier. The 24-year-old is only growing as a player and as proven by Dwight Gayle, he would excel under the leadership of Rafa Benitez. Either way, the Magpies must put their money where their mouth is and make a big effort to sign Wilson during this transfer window or the next.
In other Newcastle transfer news, the club are set to confirm a deal for this 20-year-old midfielder.