Sam Allardyce comments on rumours that West Ham are interested in signing Bournemouth’s Callum Wilson

Allardyce has played down West Ham’s chances of signing Callum Wilson from Bournemouth this summer.

Quoted by talkSPORT, Allardyce has suggested that Wilson is too expensive for the Hammers to sign this summer, after Bournemouth’s promotion to the Premier League.

The 60-year-old coach said: “Callum Wilson would probably be too expensive and with Bournemouth getting promoted, they will put a huge number on his head. I'm sure they wouldn't want to lose such an important player for next season.”

Wilson was linked with a summer transfer to the Boleyn Ground earlier this week, as per the Mirror, but he has since played a role in securing Bournemouth’s promotion to the top flight.

Not only will this increase the value of the 23-year-old - who has 20 goals in 44 Championship games this term - but will surely remove any desire to leave the club this summer.

Not only will he know be playing in the top flight with Bournemouth, but he is playing under a coach and in a system which plays into his incredible striking abilities. He is sure to prosper if he stays at Dean Court, and it is hard to see why he would accept a move to any Premier League club, except for maybe one in Europe.

Wilson has only enjoyed two seasons of full competitive football, but he has netted more than 20 goals in both. He has certainly shown himself to be a top class talent, and at his young age he has plenty of years ahead of him to improve.

He may still be unproven in the Premier League, but West Ham should do all they can to sign the forward, even if that does mean breaking the bank on the 23-yearold Wilson.

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