AFC Bournemouth: Speculation suggests Coventry City have set £2.5million asking price for star striker Callum Wilson

Bournemouth Echo: SOUGHT-AFTER: Coventry City striker Callum Wilson (left) has been linked with a move to AFC Bournemouth SOUGHT-AFTER: Coventry City striker Callum Wilson (left) has been linked with a move to AFC Bournemouth

COVENTRY City have reportedly told Cherries to return with a bid of £2.5million for Callum Wilson as speculation over the sought-after striker's future rumbles on.

The Sunday People yesterday claimed that Sky Blues had slapped the price tag on Wilson's head on the back of a £1million offer from Cherries, followed by an improved attempt to prise away the 22-goal hitman.

Last week, the Coventry Telegraph reported that newly-promoted Championship rivals Brentford and Wolves were ready to instigate a bidding frenzy, while Norwich City - who recently recruited Cherries' top marksman Lewis Grabban - were named as another prospective suitor.

Coventry's development director Steve Waggott publicly stated that four second-tier clubs had submitted enquiries or offers for one of League One's hottest prospects but declared that Wilson was not for sale.

Cherries boss Eddie Howe has a long-standing policy of not commenting on transfer speculation, but in an overview of the club's general activity last week said: “We are actively looking for players and have made bids. We have been working hard over the summer to try to secure our top targets.

“I have always said that we wouldn't be looking to bring in huge numbers but we are looking for quality. Dan Gosling highlights the type of player we are looking for and, hopefully, we can add others to the squad.

“It is difficult with everyone competing for such a small pool of players but we are confident we will have our squad in place, and the one we want to move forward with, before the season starts.

“It is difficult to predict a time frame. I have always been a firm believer that you get the right players and you don't just get numbers. A lot of Championship clubs have added numbers to their squads and that is the way they work.

“We like to identify players we want and will try to pursue them until such time as we sign them or they go elsewhere.”

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3:40pm Mon 23 Jun 14

bobsworthforever says...

Sounds like hes comimg for about 2million but who knows
Sounds like hes comimg for about 2million but who knows bobsworthforever
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5:07pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Afcbpete says...

So FOUR clubs who are supposed to be fighting for Wilson, are hardly driving up the price, as it was quoted by Coventry that A) he's NOT going anywhere, and B) it would have to be a figure over £3 million. Now it's more a question of Oh Sh1te, the price isn't being driven up over our figure, so go on then, you can have him £2.5 million, you've twisted our arm, hilarious!!!! UTCIAD
So FOUR clubs who are supposed to be fighting for Wilson, are hardly driving up the price, as it was quoted by Coventry that A) he's NOT going anywhere, and B) it would have to be a figure over £3 million. Now it's more a question of Oh Sh1te, the price isn't being driven up over our figure, so go on then, you can have him £2.5 million, you've twisted our arm, hilarious!!!! UTCIAD Afcbpete
  • Score: 9

5:34pm Mon 23 Jun 14

afcbtintin says...

If he's worth £2.5m makes Yann look even more of a bargain.

Hope they haven't ignored the FFP deadline!

UTCIAD
If he's worth £2.5m makes Yann look even more of a bargain. Hope they haven't ignored the FFP deadline! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 4

7:05pm Mon 23 Jun 14

nonnogeppetto says...

Afcbpete wrote:
So FOUR clubs who are supposed to be fighting for Wilson, are hardly driving up the price, as it was quoted by Coventry that A) he's NOT going anywhere, and B) it would have to be a figure over £3 million. Now it's more a question of Oh Sh1te, the price isn't being driven up over our figure, so go on then, you can have him £2.5 million, you've twisted our arm, hilarious!!!! UTCIAD
'Cushty' Del boy Cushty, they might even throw in the Robin Reliant for that price!

Come on the start of season I am soooooooooooo bored with the World Cup especially that England have truly cooked their goose!! UTCIAD
[quote][p][bold]Afcbpete[/bold] wrote: So FOUR clubs who are supposed to be fighting for Wilson, are hardly driving up the price, as it was quoted by Coventry that A) he's NOT going anywhere, and B) it would have to be a figure over £3 million. Now it's more a question of Oh Sh1te, the price isn't being driven up over our figure, so go on then, you can have him £2.5 million, you've twisted our arm, hilarious!!!! UTCIAD[/p][/quote]'Cushty' Del boy Cushty, they might even throw in the Robin Reliant for that price! Come on the start of season I am soooooooooooo bored with the World Cup especially that England have truly cooked their goose!! UTCIAD nonnogeppetto
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7:45pm Mon 23 Jun 14

raybren says...

Could we have another pic of our new striker - getting bored with this one !
Could we have another pic of our new striker - getting bored with this one ! raybren
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8:56pm Mon 23 Jun 14

ifordcherry says...

£100 ante post double on Man City win Premier and Wolves League 1...Bet with Paddy Power via Internet...Bet accepted...STILL NOT PAID...£1700...Woul
d not like to see it happen to any other AFCB fans...DONT bet with PADDY POWER....
£100 ante post double on Man City win Premier and Wolves League 1...Bet with Paddy Power via Internet...Bet accepted...STILL NOT PAID...£1700...Woul d not like to see it happen to any other AFCB fans...DONT bet with PADDY POWER.... ifordcherry
  • Score: -6

8:58pm Mon 23 Jun 14

Square Old Codger says...

Coventry have already signed a replacement striker, and both Forest and Wolves have each signed a couple too. Understandably Coventry are trying for the best deal they can get, but £2.5m is a lot of money for a "rookie" striker from a lower division. Eddie is pretty shrewd in these matters and its best left to him, but it would be better to complete the team building as quickly as possible with pre season under way. No news re anyone leaving - lets hope that it stays that way.
Coventry have already signed a replacement striker, and both Forest and Wolves have each signed a couple too. Understandably Coventry are trying for the best deal they can get, but £2.5m is a lot of money for a "rookie" striker from a lower division. Eddie is pretty shrewd in these matters and its best left to him, but it would be better to complete the team building as quickly as possible with pre season under way. No news re anyone leaving - lets hope that it stays that way. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 4

7:41am Tue 24 Jun 14

TedMacsCherryPants says...

My initial thought was “greedy bar-stewards!”

But on reflection (FFP issues aside) if this guy is any good and comes in for £2m we’re still up on the deal as far as selling Grabbs is concerned and if (?) TK kicks in this season we could have a formidable front line. No “ifs” about Yann for me though, bargain of last season.
UTCIAD
My initial thought was “greedy bar-stewards!” But on reflection (FFP issues aside) if this guy is any good and comes in for £2m we’re still up on the deal as far as selling Grabbs is concerned and if (?) TK kicks in this season we could have a formidable front line. No “ifs” about Yann for me though, bargain of last season. UTCIAD TedMacsCherryPants
  • Score: 3

1:43pm Tue 24 Jun 14

John Red & Black says...

How about loaning in a promising youngster from one of the Premiership teams for next season? We could unearth the next Jermaine Defoe.
We need to bank the £3m we received for Grabban, to ensure we meet the FPP requirement. Come 31st July, we are still not meeting this requirement then we could face transfer embargo, fines and/or points deduction. With the Championship being even stronger next season, that would be the last thing that we would want.

Red Army!
How about loaning in a promising youngster from one of the Premiership teams for next season? We could unearth the next Jermaine Defoe. We need to bank the £3m we received for Grabban, to ensure we meet the FPP requirement. Come 31st July, we are still not meeting this requirement then we could face transfer embargo, fines and/or points deduction. With the Championship being even stronger next season, that would be the last thing that we would want. Red Army! John Red & Black
  • Score: 1

9:16pm Fri 27 Jun 14

bill moore says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Coventry have already signed a replacement striker, and both Forest and Wolves have each signed a couple too. Understandably Coventry are trying for the best deal they can get, but £2.5m is a lot of money for a "rookie" striker from a lower division. Eddie is pretty shrewd in these matters and its best left to him, but it would be better to complete the team building as quickly as possible with pre season under way. No news re anyone leaving - lets hope that it stays that way.
From a Coventry fan old codger could you please enlighten us as to whhich striker we are supposed to have signed
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Coventry have already signed a replacement striker, and both Forest and Wolves have each signed a couple too. Understandably Coventry are trying for the best deal they can get, but £2.5m is a lot of money for a "rookie" striker from a lower division. Eddie is pretty shrewd in these matters and its best left to him, but it would be better to complete the team building as quickly as possible with pre season under way. No news re anyone leaving - lets hope that it stays that way.[/p][/quote]From a Coventry fan old codger could you please enlighten us as to whhich striker we are supposed to have signed bill moore
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