Speaking to Football Insider, ex-Tottenham defender Alan Hutton has claimed that Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson could be snapped up by Spurs chairman Daniel Levy for a reasonably cheap fee following the Cherries’ relegation from the top flight.
Wilson, who has bagged an impressive 91 career goals since making his professional debut (Transfermarkt), averaging close to 10 strikes per season, is currently on manager Jose Mourinho’s radar as Tottenham scour the market for a striking back-up to Harry Kane.
Can Spurs sign Callum Wilson on the cheap?
Yes, it's perfectly doable
No, Bournemouth will demand more
Over 2018/19, the 28-year-old enjoyed his best top-flight stint to date – netting 14 Premier League goals whilst assisting nine others (WhoScored) – which prompted England manager Gareth Southgate to hand him his first international call-ups.
Scoring one goal for the Three Lions during a 3-0 friendly win against the USA, Wilson couldn’t exactly replicate that form last campaign, but it hasn’t stopped Mourinho from allegedly contacting the attacker.
Indeed, Tottenham need an alternative to Kane who can come off the bench and make an instant impact, with ex-Spurs defender Hutton now claiming that Wilson may well be the man.
Valued at £18m by Transfermarkt, Bournemouth could well demand more due to their relegation last season, but the former Scotland international pundit believes that Spurs may land Wilson on the cheap regardless.
“I do think they need someone. Before all this pandemic stuff and Harry Kane was missing it was a really difficult time for them, obviously they had Son missing as well,” explained Hutton to Football Insider.
“I think Callum Wilson who can play number nine or from out wide, I think he gives them a couple different options. They could possibly get him on the cheap now they’ve been relegated.
“I think he does fit the bill, he’s a good age, a good goalscorer, so I think he’d be good to have in the squad. I can’t see him starting at Tottenham but I think he’d be a good squad member and that’s probably why Mourinho’s looking at him.”
Whether or not the Lilywhites opt to pursue Wilson further remains to be seen, but he is a proven goalscorer at the highest level and fills Tottenham’s homegrown criteria.
Ahead of the looming 2020/21 Champions League qualification push, Spurs could need reinforcements to make Mourinho’s first full campaign in charge a success.
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