West Ham are considering making a £35m offer for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, according to reports in the English media.
Celta Vigo’s Maxi Gomez has been the Hammers’ number one target up until now but a move for the Uruguayan appears to have stalled.
Instead, manager Manuel Pellegrini wants the London club to make a bid for Wilson. Fans on Twitter had a mixed reaction to the story:
Good replacement for Carroll #greatwhenfit
— Trevor Bishop (@trevorbishop11) June 20, 2019
I’ve often wondered why we haven’t gone in for him before, he’s performed well in premier league last 3 seasons
— the irish londoner (@dakinglongwood) June 20, 2019
— JB (@1MrLondon) June 21, 2019
Would love to have Wilson
— Jay (@jshopson) June 21, 2019
Great, another injury prone forward
— Rob Hart (@RobertHart24) June 20, 2019
Won't be able too afford him so waste of time and yes always injured
— R. Jones ☆ (@RockyWhu) June 20, 2019
Personally I think Wilson is less of a gamble.. Id prefer him to Gomez I think
— Rhys (@rhysj39) June 20, 2019
Wilson great striker but done his ACL and been injured a lot
— Billy Bonds Claret & Blue Army (@Smackit0) June 21, 2019
I think it’s harsh to compare the two players. Wilson has had his injury problems but I don’t think he also has Carroll’s lifestyle last 7 years AC 34 goals in 142 apps, Wilson last 5 years 58 goals in 148 apps! More games and goals in 2 less seasons!
— Barry Walker (@Bazza_WHU_08) June 21, 2019
Wilson does have a history of knee injuries, and following previous issues with both Andy Carroll and Jack Wilshere, some supporters are justifiably concerned about signing another injury prone player.
It is also debatable whether Wilson could be secured for £35m. Bournemouth are not short of cash themselves and could hold out for a lot more. He has also been tracked by the likes of Chelsea in the past and may attract other suitors.
The England international is, though, a proven Premier League striker, unlike Gomez, and the 27-year-old scored 15 goals in all competitions last season.