According to The Sun, Everton are plotting a £35m bid for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, and it could be the club’s most intelligent big-money transfer yet.
Well, The Sun report that Toffees manager Marco Silva is convinced that his team is only one goalscorer short of potentially breaking into the top six in the Premier League, and he has identified the Cherries attacker as the man to help them do it.
The Sun says that the south coast outfit could be tempted by a huge bid given the centre-forward only cost them £3m and has suffered cruciate injuries in both knees.
That doesn’t appear to have put the Portuguese boss and Marcel Brands off, although the influential director of football may have to move players on before he can launch the move for Wilson.
Despite the fact some may have fears over his fitness because of previous injury issues, the 27-year-old showed towards the end of the top flight campaign how good he can be.
Three goals and three assists in Eddie Howe’s men’s final five fixtures showed his prowess both in terms of finding the net and setting others up to do so.
33 goals in 91 Premier League outings is no mean feat considering he has been plying his trade for a bottom-half team, and shows the potential he has to make a difference for a bigger English club.
Everton have splashed the cash on experienced players at this level previously with the likes of Theo Walcott, Michael Keane and Gylfi Sigurdsson, but they have tended to look abroad when it has come to finding a new number nine – see Sandro Ramirez and Cenk Tosun.
Spending big money on a striker like Wilson who knows the Premier League could make the difference for Everton next term, as they finally look to challenge the likes of Manchester United and Arsenal.