Bournemouth excelled in the Championship last season following their promotion from League One, and a lot of their success was down to one man, Lewis Grabban. The striker has now departed Dean Court and moved on to pastures new at Norwich City.
The Canaries identified him as the man to help fire them back up to the Premier League at the first time of asking. Grabban joined Norwich for an undisclosed fee but you would have thought The Cherries would have received a handsome fee for his services. The club are in a decent financial position themselves and aren't in a position where they have to sell to survive. Grabban's ambitions will have led to him being very interested in the move and a shot at the Premier League now seems all the closer for him.
The money received from the Grabban transfer is going to be used to try and find a replacement, and Bournemouth have now put in a second bid for Coventry City striker Callum Wilson. Sky Sports believe they have followed up their seven-figure offer earlier this month with an improved bid in the hope of tempting The Sky Blues to part with their prized asset.
Grabban and Wilson's career's share many similarities and last season they both scored 22 goals, albeit in separate divisions. However neither was expected to have as big of an impact last year. Grabban is 26-years-old but his career only started to take off three years ago when he joined Rotherham United.
Before that he had struggled to establish himself at Crystal Palace, Millwall and Brentford and various loan moves hadn't worked out for him. However things clicked at Rotherham in League Two and he scored 18 goals which led to a move to Bournemouth in League One. Another successful season saw him move up a league yet again as The Cherries gained promotion. Last season proved to be his most prolific and now Bournemouth have made a significant profit on the £300,000 they bought him for.
Callum Wilson is another to suddenly burst onto the scene when he became the main man for Coventry last season. The 22-year-old had scored three goals in his professional career before the start of last season, yet he caught everyone by surprise and was the fourth top goalscorer in League One last season.
Coventry are his first and only club although he did have loan spells at Kettering Town and Tamworth. He looked different class last season as he stepped up his game and was unplayable at times. His partnership with Leon Clarke in the first half of the season had given The Sky Blues an outside chance of the play-offs but Clarke's departure left them short.
There is no reason why Wilson can continue to blossom just like Grabban and at just 22 he has plenty of time on his side. He would be a sensible investment for Bournemouth to make but with Wolves also interested they may have to try and tie a deal up quickly. Wilson is Coventry born and bred however and he may want to continue being their top striker for a few more years at least.