The sale of Marko Arnautovic has released funds for West Ham United to make a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to the Evening Standard.
The newspaper claimed on their website that Eddie Howe rates the England international at £60million, but the sale of the Hammers forward has given the club the necessary money.
West Ham were first reported by the Sun to hold an interest in the former Coventry striker, with the Londoners suggested to have been lining up an ambitious £35million offer.
Wilson enjoyed one of his best Premier League seasons to date, being involved in 23 goals – reaching double figures in assists and strikes.
The ongoing saga involving West Ham and their hunt for a striker is set to continue after the club missed out on their main target, Celta Vigo forward Maxi Gomez. A move for Wilson is surely just a rumour right now, with £60million a very high price to pay for a player with just three international caps. Having said that, Wilson’s record does speak for itself – being involved in 23 goals in one Premier League season is no easy task and given the opportunity, could easily light up the London Stadium with service from players such as Felipe Anderson and Pablo Fornals. The price of English players has risen in previous years and that inflated price could be seen as a scare tactic from Howe who doesn’t want to see his main striker leave the club this summer. Wilson’s raw pace is his main attribute which allows him to create space for him to be able to average 2.2 shots per game. [WhoScored] A move for Wilson would be a pricey one, but one that could be worth it in the long run.