Aston Villa outbid Newcastle by £1million as they battle for Callum Wilson, talkSPORT understands

Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has been the subject of a rally of offers from Newcastle United and Aston Villa, talkSPORT understands.

The England forward, 28, is a wanted man this summer following his side’s relegation to the Championship.

Wilson in action for Bournemouth last season

Aston Villa had a £15m offer rejected on Friday as manager Dean Smith looks to solve his striking woes.

And the Magpies attempted to swoop in and beat the Villans to their transfer target with a bigger bid of £20m.

Almost immediately, though, the Midlands side slapped in a counter offer of £21m to Bournemouth.

It is believed Wilson currently favours a move to Steve Bruce’s side, despite Villa’s persistent interest.

Wilson is Bournemouth’s record Premier League scorer with 41 strikes to his name
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The interest in the forward is understandable having see him fire home 44 goals in all competitions in 137 games, despite two serious knee injuries, over five campaigns in the Premier League.

Wilson’s form earned him an international call up in 2018 and he scored for England on his debut against United States at Wembley in a 3-0 win, while he’s made a further two appearances.

It’s not known if Villa will come in again for him but talkSPORT believe if there is a deal to be done with Newcastle then Bournemouth would like to have Matt Ritchie return to them as part of it.

The versatile Scottish ace joined the Magpies in 2016, dropping down from the Premier League to help the St James’ Park outfit earn promotion back to the top-flight.

He’s since played in numerous positions, including left wing-back, on Tyneside and been a vital player from Steve Bruce and his predecessors.

Bournemouth, though, wish to have their former star return if they are to part with Wilson.

Ritchie was at Bournemouth for three years before joining Newcastle
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Title: Aston Villa outbid Newcastle by £1million as they battle for Callum Wilson, talkSPORT understands
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Published Date: Sat, 05 Sep 2020 10:41:14 +0000