Fulham have entered the contest to sign Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to a Daily Telegraph report tonight.
Scott Parker is eager to supplement his striking options with just three weeks left until the Whites kick off their Premier League campaign and has identified the England international as an ideal target to push Aleksandar Mitrovic for a starting place up front. The newly-promoted side will face serious competition in their bid to land the 28 year-old, with Tottenham, Aston Villa, West Ham, Cyrstal Palace, Everton and Newcastle also poised to offer him a chance to remain in the top flight following Bournemouth’s relegation.
Wilson’s departure from Dean Court will be costly with the Cherries reportedly slapping a £30m valuation on their star striker, who has won four caps for England. Jose Mourinho is keen to take Wilson, who came through the Coventry City academy, to north London where he would likely play second fiddle to England captain Harry Kane, although the fee could prove a problem with Spurs still working to a tight transfer budget – and the Telegraph suggests that the forward might be more interested in a switch to Craven Cottage and the opportunity to oust Mitrovic, who scored 26 goals in 40 Championship appearances last term.
Wilson scored 40 Premier League goals in five seasons with Bournemouth, finding the net 67 times in 184 appearances in all for the south coast side, having fired Eddie Howe’s men to the Championship title in 2015. He scored on his England debut against the United States at Wembley in November 2018 and is keen to force his way back into Gareth Southgate’s thoughts ahead of next summer’s European Championships. Fulham, who have the likes of Aboubakar Kamara, Bobby Decordova-Reid and teenager Jay Stansfield as recognised strikers currently to provide an alternative to Mitrovic, would need to splash the cash as well as putting together attractive personal terms if they are win the race to sign one of Bournemouth’s prized assets.