Tottenham Hotspur have reportedly been linked with a move for Bournemouth star, Callum Wilson.
According to Express, Spurs have identified Wilson as the perfect backup for first-team star Harry Kane next season. The Cherries hope to get around £20million for their striker, but Spurs will want to negotiate the price.
After their relegation, several of Bournemouth’s first-team stars could leave the club and Wilson could be one of them.
An effective striker
Though Wilson is not the most high-scoring striker in the top flight, he scored some important goals for the Cherries in the Premier League and even earned an international call-up.
He has spent six full seasons at the Vitality Stadium, where he has plundered 67 goals and 30 assists in 187 appearances for the club across all competitions.
In the 2018-19 season, he managed 14 goals and nine assists but last season, his performances dropped, like that of his teammates, as he managed just eight goals and an assist in 32 league starts.
His dip in form pushed Bournemouth further down the points table, and it is not surprising that Wilson wants to move back to the top flight.
The 28-year-old has 41 goals and 16 assists in 123 Premier League games. He is a strong and mobile striker, who is effective playing off the shoulders of a defender.
His pace and movement in and around the box make him a threat, while his finishing makes him an effective leading the attack for his side. He knows how to make space for himself and it is not a surprise that his attributes have gained attraction from Jose Mourinho.
Callum Wilson – Right Man For Spurs?
A hard-working striker, happy to run the lines, Wilson is not the most natural goal-scorer, but his understanding of the game could be a huge asset for Spurs, and hold him in good stead at the club.
Harry Kane will certainly remain the first-choice striker, but Mourinho has does not have too many options to replace him in the first team, so Wilson could be the solution.
Even with Wilson in the squad, Mourinho might be tempted to sign another striker, probably a youngster, solving this issue in the squad for years to come.
At 28, Wilson is an established striker, and at just £20million, signing him is a real bargain for a top-6 side.
Mourinho will take time to make Spurs title contenders, but it is deals like these that might make the transition easier.