Premier League

Official: Newcastle sign Callum Wilson from Bournemouth

The English centre-forward joins the Magpies for a fee in excess of £20m following Bournemouth's relegation

 
12:42pm on Monday 7th September 2020
By
Martin Macdonald

Newcastle have completed the signing of Callum Wilson from Bournemouth for a reported £20m fee.

Since the Cherries were relegated to the Championship following the conclusion of the 2019/20 campaign it seemed inevitable that their star striker would be heading for the exit.

Despite reported interested from Aston Villa and Crystal Palace, Newcastle have won the race to sign the 28-year-old, who scored eight Premier League goals last season.

Wilson spoke to the official Newcastle website expressing his delight at joining the club.

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"From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me," he said.

"It's a massive club with great history. Along the years, they've had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they've done, I'd like to attempt that.

"I believe in my ability as a player. As a striker I think it's important to set yourself goals long term and short term, and I'm hoping to achieve them.

"With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that."

Manager Steve Bruce, who has long been a fan of Wilson, has praised the club officials who made the deal happen.

"Callum is somebody I’ve admired for a long time and I’m delighted to get him," the Newcastle boss said.

"He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre forward for England less than two years ago.

"The club has worked ever so hard to get Callum here and we have beaten off competition from a number of clubs.

"I’m grateful the club has made it happen. Lee Charnley and those behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit."

It is looking likely that Newcastle will complete the signing of Ryan Fraser, too, who was a team-mate of Wilson's last year at Bournemouth under Eddie Howe.

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