- Aug 14, 2012
Callum Wilson tells Bournemouth team-mates he needs Premier League football to maintain England chancesApparently the Daily Telegraph have a piece about Callum wanting to leave Bournemouth to maintain his England hopes...sadly it's behind a paywall
Wilson's Bournemouth team-mates believe he intends to stay in the top flight should an offer arrive
England striker Callum Wilson has told his Bournemouth team-mates he wants to play in the Premier League next season to keep his place in the England squad.
The 28 year-old was relegated to the Championship on the final day of the season and his club are assessing which players can join Nathan Ake, who is heading to Manchester City, in leaving the Vitality Stadium for the right deal.
Wilson, who scored nine goals last season, is likely to attract interest during the summer transfer window and his team-mates believe he intends to stay in the top flight should an offer arrive.
Gareth Southgate picked Wilson in his last England squad back in November, before football’s closure for the coronavirus pandemic and the European Championships getting pushed back until 2021.
Wilson is also competing with Tammy Abraham as one of the out-and-out strikers to support Harry Kane, while Danny Ings is also back on Southgate’s radar after his 25 goals for Southampton this season.
After scoring on his debut against USA in November 2018, Wilson has gone on to earn another three caps, coming on as a substitute. With the increased competition in Southgate’s squad, staying in the Premier League would maximise his chances of playing at the Euros.
Tottenham are looking for a striker this summer. They have never replaced Fernando Llorente, who was back-up to Kane when Tottenham reached the Champions League final last season.
Llorente was more of a target-man striker, which would be Jose Mourinho’s preference for a forward signing, although Wilson could provide a different threat to the Spaniard, getting behind defences and stretching the pitch.
West Ham United are also in the market for a striker, while Newcastle are keen to bolster their attack but there is uncertainty over their transfer plans following the collapse of the takeover by a Saudi Arabian-backed consortium.
Ake is set to leave for the Etihad Stadium in a deal worth £41 million and the other player likely to leave Bournemouth is Josh King, who has only one season left on his current contract.