Newcastle United are discussing personal terms with Callum Wilson after having a £20m bid accepted by Bournemouth. Aston Villa, who also had an offer accepted for the striker, pulled out of a move over the weekend after Wilson indicated his preference was a switch to St James’ Park.
The 28-year-old striker believes a return to the Premier League can reignite his England career in time for Euro 2020 next summer. Wilson, who has won four caps for his country, was left out of Gareth Southgate’s Nations League squad for the games against Iceland and Denmark. Bruce is desperate to sign a forward after Dwight Gayle was ruled out until around December with a knee injury.
Bournemouth were resigned to losing the striker following relegation and, providing a deal is completed, the club stand to recoup almost £80m from player sales this summer after the departures of defender Nathan Ake and goalkeeper Aaron Ramsdale to Manchester City and Sheffield United respectively.
Newcastle are also set to reinforce their defence after the club had a £13.5m bid for the Norwich defender Jamal Lewis accepted. The left-back was the subject of a failed £10m offer from Liverpool in August, with the champions instead turning to Olympiakos’ Kostas Tsimikas.
Newcastle are also believed to be closing on a deal to sign Scotland winger Ryan Fraser, who is a free agent after leaving Bournemouth in the summer. The Magpies, who made midfielder Jeff Hendrick their first signing of the summer, are also keen to sign the Arsenal centre-back Rob Holding on a season’s loan.