Chelsea news: Callum Wilson hunt may depend on West Ham selling Marko Arnautovic

Chelsea news: Callum Wilson hunt may depend on West Ham selling Marko Arnautovic

The Blues are desperate for a new striker with Bournemouth ace Wilson believed to be one of their options, alongside Gonzalo Higuain.

It comes as Alvaro Morata and Olivier Giroud continue to struggle for Chelsea with report suggesting Morata is on his way out of Stamford Bridge.

West Ham could also need a new striker with Marko Arnautovic believed to be wanting to leave the club.

The Hammers rejected a £35million bid from a Chinese club, believed to be Shanghai SIPG, last week before Arnautovic’s agent released a statement saying the Austrian wants to go.

And now Sky are saying that should Arnautovic leave then West Ham will target Wilson as his replacement.

It’s claimed that West Ham boss Manuel Pellegrini will have the final say on whether the former Stoke star is sold.

But while Pellegrini may be willing to sell Arnautovic, Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe definitely wants to keep Wilson.

“I’ve been told about the speculation, it’s not something I seek to read,” Howe said at the weekend.

“It’s a waste of time for me to do so.

“It’s business as normal, Callum has been bright and bubbly this week so no problems there.

“In my opinion, and it’s just my opinion I wouldn’t sell at any price but I’m the manager of the team trying to create the best team that I can.

“We desperately want to take the team forward and to do that we have got to keep our best players.

“He [Wilson] is a very important member of the team. He has unique attributes that really complement what we do here.

“He’s been a really good goal scorer for us this season, that’s the hardest things to do in the sport so we value him really highly.”

Bournemouth have reportedly put a £75m price tag on Wilson in an attempt to stop Chelsea signing him.

He is the Cherries’ top scorer this season with 10 goals and is key to Howe’s team.

Published at Mon, 14 Jan 2019 17:49:00 +0000

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