Obviously the attacking area of the pitch is somewhere where West Ham United are looking to improve this summer having offloaded Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez.
There is certainly a vacancy for a top class frontman at the London Stadium, which has seen Manuel Pellegrini go all guns blazing for Celta Vigo frontman Maxi Gomez.
The Evening Standard reported on Saturday that the Hammers are continuing their pursuit of the Uruguay international, but will not act on their interest in Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson due to the Cherries’ £60million asking price and his chequered injury record.
The east London outfit have hit the nail on the head with their stance on Wilson. There’s simply no way that, under the conditions that the club’s director of football Mario Husillos is working, that they’d be able to afford a move for the England international.
Football London reported recently that after splashing out on playmaker Pablo Fornals from Villarreal last week, West Ham’s transfer budget now likely stands at around £45million.
It’s just not feasible, then, for them to pull off a move for Wilson, particularly given the fact that Bournemouth are unlikely to want to sell one of their star men to a direct Premier League rival.
It’s far better than the Hammers continue their hunt for Gomez, he’s a much more realistic signing. Obviously Wilson is more proven at this level, having netted 15 top flight goals this campaign, but they’re never going to be able to bring him in.
Gomez, on the other hand, is someone they are in the thick of negotiations for and have been looking at for some time now. With that said, it’s best that the club have put aside a move for Wilson and have prioritised bringing Gomez to the London Stadium – that’s the right call.