West Ham United are plotting an ambitious £35 million offer for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to a report published by The Sun.
The Hammers reportedly had Maxi Gomez as a priority target this summer but they now have to look at other options as the Uruguayan looks set to stay with Valencia.
West Ham really need to buy one or two strikers this summer. Andy Carroll and Lucas Perez have left the club already this summer while the futures of Javier Hernandez and Marko Arnautovic remains uncertain.
Even if the latter duo end up remaining at the club, their form was rather unconvincing during the past season and Manuel Pellegrini’s Hammers side need a new striker who can score 15-20 goals in a season.
Reported West Ham target Wilson has been consistent for the Cherries during the past four years.
He had a good past Premier League season as he went on to bag 14 goals from 30 games. His form also won him inclusion into the England side and he is currently Gareth Southgate’s second choice to lead the line behind Harry Kane.
Cherries manager Eddie Howe is likely to have the final say over whether Wilson ends up leaving the Vitality Stadium this summer.
The player has three years remaining on his current deal. Whether he ends up leaving Bournemouth will ultimately now depend on whether Howe is happy with what he gets offered.
If Wilson joins the Hammers, he is likely to get regular opportunities to lead the line. Such a move may be appealing and he could well be the striker that West Ham have craved for many years.