Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson wants Newcastle move and is waiting on the two clubs to agree a deal – with Steve Bruce desperate to bring in new blood after 5-1 Middlesbrough defeat
- Bournemouth are expecting Newcastle to lodge an official bid for Callum Wilson
- Relegated side won’t sell him on the cheap but forward is keen to join Newcastle
- Steve Bruce only has Andy Carroll available and is desperate to sign new strikers
- Newcastle lost 5-1 to Championship Middlesbrough in pre-season on Tuesday
Callum Wilson is waiting for Bournemouth and Newcastle to agree a deal on his proposed move to St James’ Park, with Steve Bruce’s need for signings greater than ever after a 5-1 drubbing at Middlesbrough.
Newcastle’s pre-season is turning into a nightmare for the head coach with serious injuries to goalkeeper Martin Dubravka and striker Dwight Gayle followed by Tuesday’s heavy loss at Championship side Boro.
Magpies captain Jamaal Lascelles and home midfielder Lewis Wing were sent off following an off-the-ball altercation – sources describe it as a ‘grappling match’ – but they will avoid a suspension in the regular season, instead missing Monday’s rematch between the teams on Tyneside.
Callum Wilson has interest from several clubs but his preferred destination is Newcastle
Steve Bruce is keen to bring in fresh faces after his side lost 5-1 to Middlesbrough on Tuesday
By that point Bruce will be hoping to have 28-year-old Wilson on board, so desperate is he for strikers.
Sources close to Bournemouth say they are still waiting for an official approach from Newcastle, but expect that an offer is incoming.
A swap deal involving Matt Ritchie plus cash for Wilson has been mooted but insiders say Bournemouth, despite their relegation, will not be selling at a reduced rate, evidenced by the £41million it cost Manchester City to sign Nathan Ake and the £18.5m Sheffield United paid for Aaron Ramsdale.
Andy Carroll remains the only forward available to Bruce and it will be a concern that his side played the opening hour at Boro without a recognised frontman.
Bournemouth expect a bid for Wilson to come in soon but will not sell him on the cheap
Newcastle need a new striker with Andy Carroll (right ) currently their only fit front man
However, Sportsmail understands Newcastle is Wilson’s preferred destination and sources are hopeful of movement in the next 48 hours.
Meanwhile, Sportsmail has been told that Gayle has damaged his medial collateral ligaments and will see a specialist on Wednesday ahead of an operation and rehab period.
Sources say he will be missing for anywhere between eight and 12 weeks following surgery.
Newcastle have also been in talks with former Bournemouth winger Ryan Fraser, who is now a free agent.