Callum Wilson: Newcastle’s £20m bid for Bournemouth striker accepted

Aston Villa withdrew their £21m offer – despite it being higher than Newcastle’s – because Wilson preferred move to Tyneside

Last Updated: 06/09/20 12:23pm

Callum Wilson is keen on returning to the Premier League

Callum Wilson is keen on returning to the Premier League

Newcastle’s £20m bid for Callum Wilson has been accepted by Bournemouth with the striker set to discuss personal terms and undergo a medical on Monday.

Aston Villa and Newcastle were locked in negotiations with Bournemouth on Saturday, both making offers for the 28-year-old striker.

However, Villa withdrew their £21m bid, leaving the path clear for Newcastle, after hearing that Wilson’s preference was a move to Tyneside – with the player heading up to St James’ Park later on Sunday to begin discussions.

Wilson is now free to discuss personal terms with Newcastle as he prepares to leave Bournemouth after six years following their recent relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.

The England international has scored 67 goals in 180 Bournemouth appearances since joining the club from Coventry in 2014, with eight last season in the Premier League.

Wilson has also attracted interest from Fulham, West Ham and Tottenham this summer.

It is understood Bournemouth want Matt Ritchie from Newcastle in a separate deal, but wages may be an issue.

Wilson and Ryan Fraser could be playing together for Newcastle this season

Wilson and Ryan Fraser could be playing together for Newcastle this season

Newcastle could reunite Wilson with his former Bournemouth team-mate, Ryan Fraser, if they can convince the free-agent forward to join the club.

The Scotland international, who ran his contract with the Cherries down last season, was on Tyneside on Friday to meet with Newcastle boss Steve Bruce for talks over a move to St James’ Park.

Newcastle are stepping up their efforts in this transfer window, after agreeing a £13.5m fee for left-back Jamal Lewis with Norwich on Saturday.

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