Gianfranco Zola's previous comments on reported West Ham United target Callum Wilson

Maurizio Sarri, Manager of Chelsea and Gianfranco Zola, Assistant Coach of Chelsea walk out prior to the UEFA Europa League Final between Chelsea and Arsenal at Baku Olimpiya Stadionu on...

West Ham United are looking to add more firepower to their squad ahead of the new Premier League season.

Granit Xhaka of Switzerland and Callum Wilson of England battle for the ball during the UEFA Nations League Third Place Playoff match between Switzerland and England at Estadio D. Afonso...

West Ham United are in the hunt to add more goals to their squad ahead of the new Premier League season and they are lining up an ambitious £35 million swoop for Bournemouth's Callum Wilson, according to the Sun.

In January, then-Chelsea assistant Gianfranco Zola lauded the qualities of Wilson because his name was being touted with the Stamford Bridge club. 


The 27-year-old powerhouse has been one of the standout England strikers in the Premier League in recent seasons, which has seen him take the number two seat for the Three Lions behind star man Harry Kane.

Nonetheless, earlier on this year, Zola explained what he loved about Wilson, who could potentially be making a switch from Bournemouth to West Ham this summer.  

"He's strong, fast and he sees the goal," said Zola, as quoted by FourFourTwo. "I like [him] because he's quick but also strong in the air, which is also a very important quality.

8th June 2019, Stádio D Afonso Henriques, Guimarães, Braga, Portugal; National League press and training for England; Callum Wilson of ENG

"Having said that, I don't want to go too much into it [Chelsea links with Wilson]. He's doing very well and I'm pleased for him. He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way. I really hope that he keeps improving like this."

During the recently concluded campaign, Wilson scored 15 goals and supplied 10 assists in all competitions [transfermarkt]. for his Bournemouth teammates. 

He has proven that he is ready to take the next step in his career, and a move to West Ham is the ideal place for him to go because they will be aiming for European football next term. 

Davinson Sanchez of Tottenham Hotspur holds off Callum Wilson of Bournemouth during the Premier League match between AFC Bournemouth and Tottenham Hotspur at Vitality Stadium on May 04,...

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