Report: West Ham prioritising summer move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson

The Hammers are keen to sign a striker in the summer, and Wilson is an option along with Manchester United striker Javier Hernandez.

As per a report in the Mirror, West Ham are planning a summer move for AFC Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, with a striker their biggest priority for the transfer window.

The 23-year-old forward has found the jump to the Championship easy this season, having spent last term with hometown club Coventry. Progressing through the Sky Blues academy system, he broke onto the scene last year, netting 21 goals in 37 League One games.

That form earned him a £3 million move to Bournemouth, as per the Mail, and the English forward has excelled in Eddie Howe’s ultra-attacking system. 48 games in all competitions have brought an impressive return of 22 goals and 13 assists, and he could fire the Cherries into the Premier League this evening with a victory over Bolton.

His form in the second tier has piqued the interest of the Hammers, who have had success with signings from lower divisions this season. Aaron Cresswell arrived from the Championship and has been one of the best left-backs in the Premier League, whilst Diafra Sakho has been netting goals consistently after signing from Metz in France’s Ligue 2.

Wilson has a contract at Dean Court until 2018, and if promotion is guaranteed it is unlikely that Bournemouth would have to sell. However, even if they do miss out, the club are in a solid financial state and would not have to sell their star striker.

The report states that Wilson is a prime target, but should they miss out on him, Manchester United’s Javier Hernandez could be the back-up target, with his future at Old Trafford looking under threat after his season on loan with Real Madrid.

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