COVENTRY City today confirmed that Cherries were one of the four Championship clubs that had an approach for in-demand striker Callum Wilson rejected.
The Dean Court side, who lost the services of top scorer Lewis Grabban to Norwich City last week, reportedly had a seven-figure offer turned down by the Sky Blues.
In line with boss Eddie Howe’s policy not to comment on transfer speculation, Cherries remained tight-lipped on the prospect of a move for Wilson despite being named as an interested party by Coventry’s development director Steve Baggott.
City stated that they had rejected two written bids, one verbal offer and a further declaration of interest from four separate clubs, with Wolverhampton Wanderers and Nottingham Forest understood to be on the trail of the 22-year-old.
Wolves have been tracking the striker for some time, while speculation was rife that Forest were set to close the deal yesterday, only for it to emerge that the City Ground outfit had not made a formal approach.
Wilson, thought to be valued between £2million and £3million, bagged 22 goals in 41 appearances last term, a record which made him the third-highest scorer in League One.
Coventry have publicly reiterated their desire to hold onto the prized asset but an increased offer for a player who has only completed one full season of first-team football could test their resolve.
The home-grown talent, who has built a strong rapport with City manager Steven Pressley, debuted in the League Cup in August 2009 and made his first league appearance as a substitute against QPR in December 2010.
He made 17 appearances during a loan stint with Kettering Town in the Conference before being restricted to just three outings at Tamworth, also in non-league’s top flight.
Wilson scored one goal in 12 appearances for City in 2012-13 prior to making his breakthrough under Pressley last term.