It seems to be no secret that Aston Villa are keen to bolster their attacking ranks this summer but who will Dean Smith manage to clinch before the start of the new campaign?
According to the Daily Mail, the Midlands outfit have ramped up their interest in relegated Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, who has been on Dean Smith’s shortlist for quite some time.
It’s claimed that Villa have struggled to make much progress in their pursuit of Brentford sensation Ollie Watkins, so they may now be turning their attention to the England international instead.
The Bees are holding out for £25m whilst Smith has initially valued his former star at £18m meanwhile the Cherries are reluctant to sell their striker and have slapped a £30m price tag on his head.
It is no wonder that Smith wants to add a new forward to Villa after their lack of goals in the Premier League nearly cost them relegation. They survived on the final day, so a repeat of that mustn’t be allowed to happen.
Villa’s strikers, Wesley and Mbwana Samatta, combined for just six of their 49 league goals this season while skipper Jack Grealish topped the charts with eight.
Obviously, there will be perfect familiarity between Smith and Watkins should they manage to clinch the 24-year-old, but if that can’t happen, then a move should absolutely be made for Wilson.
The 28-year-old has bagged at least eight goals in each of the last three seasons in the PL, including this term despite the Cherries being relegated to the Championship.
Sacked Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe described Wilson as a “real menace his pace, his energy and his movement” when he bagged a hat-trick against West Ham in their maiden top-flight bow whilst David Luiz believes the Englishman is a “top no.9 with power and great movement.”
Therefore, Wilson really isn’t a bad alternative whatsoever. At least he’d arrive at Villa Park with way more experience at this level than most.
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