Newcastle put Callum Wilson top of their summer wish list


Padraig Whelan

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With clubs lining up to pick the bones of Bournemouth following their relegation, Newcastle are the latest to register an interest in one of their main men.

Players at the Cherries look to have even more uncertain futures now following the departure of Eddie Howe as manager on Saturday night.

The Chronicle now report that a striker is Newcastle’s main priority in this transfer window and they have identified Callum Wilson as a top target.

They do state that a move for the England international is likely to be a drawn-out one (just what is needed after the takeover issues) for a number of reasons.

The uncertainty caused by coronavirus means that not only is the market unstable but the Magpies have yet to finalise their summer budget.

With the transfer window open until October, that means that time is on the side of Steve Bruce’s side in their pursuit of Wilson, who had a disappointing campaign last year with just seven goals.

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In other Newcastle striking news, the story also claims that they are determined to keep hold of Dwight Gayle.

He scored four times last season and has a big ally in Bruce but has just one year remaining on his deal at St James’ Park.

With newly-promoted West Brom apparently keen on re-signing him, Newcastle’s determination to keep him in the north east is set to be tested.