AFC Bournemouth: Cherries target Wilson given permission to speak to two clubs

TARGET: Callum Wilson, left

TARGET: Callum Wilson, left

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COVENTRY City striker Callum Wilson has been given permission to speak to two clubs, believed to be Cherries and Norwich City.

It is understood that the Sky Blues have received bids in the region of £3million for the 22-year-old hitman.

Cherries have been in the hunt for a striker ever since last season's top scorer Lewis Grabban departed Dean Court for Norwich at the beginning of last month.

Wilson, also the subject of interest from Wolves and Brentford, bagged 22 goals in 41 appearances last term, making him the third-highest scorer in League One.

Coventry have publicly reiterated their desire to hold on to the prized asset but it appears ongoing interest has tested their resolve.

Wilson 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 boss Steven Pressley last term.

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3:59pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Square Old Codger says...

Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential.
Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential. Square Old Codger
  • Score: 27

4:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

matt68 says...

Square Old Codger wrote:
Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential.
Not convinced he is worth 3 million anyway i mean he has only had 1 good season so far and that was in league 1 , if norwich do sign him he will just be competition for Grabban so maybe we can sign him back on loan when he sulks about not getting in the team!
[quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential.[/p][/quote]Not convinced he is worth 3 million anyway i mean he has only had 1 good season so far and that was in league 1 , if norwich do sign him he will just be competition for Grabban so maybe we can sign him back on loan when he sulks about not getting in the team! matt68
  • Score: 12

4:29pm Thu 3 Jul 14

Nat1234 says...

Come on Callum sign for the cherries . Norwich have bought 2 forwards already . You will be limited with starting for them . With us you will start everytime if fit . Because there is no compition among the strikers here .
Come on Callum sign for the cherries . Norwich have bought 2 forwards already . You will be limited with starting for them . With us you will start everytime if fit . Because there is no compition among the strikers here . Nat1234
  • Score: -8

4:31pm Thu 3 Jul 14

canfordcherry says...

With the amount of strikers Norwich will have we could loan back Grabb's!
Though Wilson may be tempted by the appeal of EH and the good feeling around the club. You never know.
With the amount of strikers Norwich will have we could loan back Grabb's! Though Wilson may be tempted by the appeal of EH and the good feeling around the club. You never know. canfordcherry
  • Score: 11

4:39pm Thu 3 Jul 14

bobsworthforever says...

Totally agree with earlier comments Norwich inundated with strikers at best he will get a few run outs on the wing to replace Snodgrass no when he talks to Eddie hes mind will be made up for him if Eddie cant talk him round no one can my moneys on him signing for us
Totally agree with earlier comments Norwich inundated with strikers at best he will get a few run outs on the wing to replace Snodgrass no when he talks to Eddie hes mind will be made up for him if Eddie cant talk him round no one can my moneys on him signing for us bobsworthforever
  • Score: 14

5:33pm Thu 3 Jul 14

djd says...

Ironic isn't it?? Norwich poached Grabban and it looks like we are in competition with them for Wilson.
It's great that we are so far up the pecking order. I think it will be a tough decision for Wilosn.
I just hope he makes the right decision and ends up on the south coast.
Ironic isn't it?? Norwich poached Grabban and it looks like we are in competition with them for Wilson. It's great that we are so far up the pecking order. I think it will be a tough decision for Wilosn. I just hope he makes the right decision and ends up on the south coast. djd
  • Score: 11

5:41pm Thu 3 Jul 14

afcbcrackerjack says...

be careful ed don't get dragged in you have still got tk he,s got pace
be careful ed don't get dragged in you have still got tk he,s got pace afcbcrackerjack
  • Score: -1

5:58pm Thu 3 Jul 14

matt68 says...

afcbcrackerjack wrote:
be careful ed don't get dragged in you have still got tk he,s got pace
so has usain bolt!!
[quote][p][bold]afcbcrackerjack[/bold] wrote: be careful ed don't get dragged in you have still got tk he,s got pace[/p][/quote]so has usain bolt!! matt68
  • Score: 1

6:13pm Thu 3 Jul 14

afcbtintin says...

I doubt he's worth £3m but I know he's not worth failing FFP for!

UTCIAD
I doubt he's worth £3m but I know he's not worth failing FFP for! UTCIAD afcbtintin
  • Score: 6

6:44pm Thu 3 Jul 14

holdinkæft says...

Nat1234 wrote:
Come on Callum sign for the cherries . Norwich have bought 2 forwards already . You will be limited with starting for them . With us you will start everytime if fit . Because there is no compition among the strikers here .
You get more stupid with age. Do you really support the Cherries?
[quote][p][bold]Nat1234[/bold] wrote: Come on Callum sign for the cherries . Norwich have bought 2 forwards already . You will be limited with starting for them . With us you will start everytime if fit . Because there is no compition among the strikers here .[/p][/quote]You get more stupid with age. Do you really support the Cherries? holdinkæft
  • Score: 10

6:59pm Thu 3 Jul 14

horsted says...

whats happening with Surman, does anybody know, he should have been part of the Graban dal
whats happening with Surman, does anybody know, he should have been part of the Graban dal horsted
  • Score: 3

10:07pm Thu 3 Jul 14

RED LETTER DAY says...

ITS not worth paying £3 million for Callum. . . . He is just a trainee
ITS not worth paying £3 million for Callum. . . . He is just a trainee RED LETTER DAY
  • Score: 6

9:02am Fri 4 Jul 14

swanagecherrie says...

3 mill is a lot for a league 1 striker and not even top scorer Eddie must see something very special in him to pay that.
3 mill is a lot for a league 1 striker and not even top scorer Eddie must see something very special in him to pay that. swanagecherrie
  • Score: 0

9:06am Fri 4 Jul 14

Plastic Bantam says...

Bradford City fan here. If you sign him this season he'll fire you close to the play-offs.. He has scary pace & power... and knows how to score a goal!!

Would rather have had him in our team than Wells who went to Huddersfeild!!

Best of luck for the season, Think you lot have one of the best managers in English football!!!
Bradford City fan here. If you sign him this season he'll fire you close to the play-offs.. He has scary pace & power... and knows how to score a goal!! Would rather have had him in our team than Wells who went to Huddersfeild!! Best of luck for the season, Think you lot have one of the best managers in English football!!! Plastic Bantam
  • Score: 15

9:30am Fri 4 Jul 14

pokboy says...

Thanks for the kind words Plastic Bantam. Hope Bradford have a successful season too!
Personally I think the transfer fee being mooted for Callum Wilson is way too high but you can't blame Coventry for trying to get as much as they can for him. I think he will smell the money and go to Norwich anyway!
Thanks for the kind words Plastic Bantam. Hope Bradford have a successful season too! Personally I think the transfer fee being mooted for Callum Wilson is way too high but you can't blame Coventry for trying to get as much as they can for him. I think he will smell the money and go to Norwich anyway! pokboy
  • Score: 5

9:41am Fri 4 Jul 14

Noel. says...

Basically for Wilson it's a choice of game-time or money
Basically for Wilson it's a choice of game-time or money Noel.
  • Score: 5

11:08am Fri 4 Jul 14

Noel. says...

horsted wrote:
whats happening with Surman, does anybody know, he should have been part of the Graban dal
Yes, I wish they would get the Surman issue sorted out. I'd like to see him back here.

It would be good to get Wilson, but we already have TK who's potential we haven't fully seen yet, and this new lad Stanislaw and 3 other wingers, so I'm not sure missing out on Wilson would be a disaster as any of the wingers could be converted to play off Yann's knock downs.

We also have the lads from Guisley and Ireland that Eddie bought for development.

If push came to shove I'd prefer to get Surman if Wilson is going to be crazy money.
[quote][p][bold]horsted[/bold] wrote: whats happening with Surman, does anybody know, he should have been part of the Graban dal[/p][/quote]Yes, I wish they would get the Surman issue sorted out. I'd like to see him back here. It would be good to get Wilson, but we already have TK who's potential we haven't fully seen yet, and this new lad Stanislaw and 3 other wingers, so I'm not sure missing out on Wilson would be a disaster as any of the wingers could be converted to play off Yann's knock downs. We also have the lads from Guisley and Ireland that Eddie bought for development. If push came to shove I'd prefer to get Surman if Wilson is going to be crazy money. Noel.
  • Score: 3

2:43pm Fri 4 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Surman over Wilson any time.

They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve?

eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE!

This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...)

Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?)

What a great season of football beckons us all...

Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...!
Surman over Wilson any time. They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve? eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE! This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...) Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?) What a great season of football beckons us all... Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 1

2:43pm Fri 4 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Surman over Wilson any time.

They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve?

eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE!

This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...)

Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?)

What a great season of football beckons us all...

Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...!
Surman over Wilson any time. They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve? eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE! This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...) Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?) What a great season of football beckons us all... Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -1

2:43pm Fri 4 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

Surman over Wilson any time.

They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve?

eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE!

This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...)

Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?)

What a great season of football beckons us all...

Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...!
Surman over Wilson any time. They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve? eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE! This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...) Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?) What a great season of football beckons us all... Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...! St Albans Cherry
  • Score: -1

10:32pm Fri 4 Jul 14

SkyBlue76 says...

matt68 wrote:
Square Old Codger wrote:
Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential.
Not convinced he is worth 3 million anyway i mean he has only had 1 good season so far and that was in league 1 , if norwich do sign him he will just be competition for Grabban so maybe we can sign him back on loan when he sulks about not getting in the team!
How much did Grabban go to Norwich for? Well as a skyblue fan obviously gutted he's gone Wilson is by far a better player than Grabban so in my book well worth the £3m and more im sure your opinion will change after you see his lightning pace and deadly finishing good luck Callum PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT
[quote][p][bold]matt68[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]Square Old Codger[/bold] wrote: Rather afraid that Norwich with their huge parachute payment for failure will out bid us, unfortunate since he would do far better to come here to achieve his potential.[/p][/quote]Not convinced he is worth 3 million anyway i mean he has only had 1 good season so far and that was in league 1 , if norwich do sign him he will just be competition for Grabban so maybe we can sign him back on loan when he sulks about not getting in the team![/p][/quote]How much did Grabban go to Norwich for? Well as a skyblue fan obviously gutted he's gone Wilson is by far a better player than Grabban so in my book well worth the £3m and more im sure your opinion will change after you see his lightning pace and deadly finishing good luck Callum PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT SkyBlue76
  • Score: 3

10:40pm Fri 4 Jul 14

SkyBlue76 says...

St Albans Cherry wrote:
Surman over Wilson any time.

They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve?

eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE!

This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...)

Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?)

What a great season of football beckons us all...

Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...!
@ St Albans Cherry Andrew Surman over Callum Wilson well you obviously dont know nothing about ur new signing to which im absolutely gutted about being a skyblue but anyway this kid is just fantastic and do u think Eddie Howe would fork out £3m with 2 loan players coming our way possibly a 3rd loan player so we have got the best deal possible but rest assured this young Cov kid has bags n bags of talent and not being biased but i know who i'd rather have in my 1st eleven n thats Callum all day long hope he sways ur thinking good luck for new season PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT
[quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Surman over Wilson any time. They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve? eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE! This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...) Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?) What a great season of football beckons us all... Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...![/p][/quote]@ St Albans Cherry Andrew Surman over Callum Wilson well you obviously dont know nothing about ur new signing to which im absolutely gutted about being a skyblue but anyway this kid is just fantastic and do u think Eddie Howe would fork out £3m with 2 loan players coming our way possibly a 3rd loan player so we have got the best deal possible but rest assured this young Cov kid has bags n bags of talent and not being biased but i know who i'd rather have in my 1st eleven n thats Callum all day long hope he sways ur thinking good luck for new season PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT SkyBlue76
  • Score: 1

10:44pm Fri 4 Jul 14

SkyBlue76 says...

RED LETTER DAY wrote:
ITS not worth paying £3 million for Callum. . . . He is just a trainee
Not worth £3m just a trainee well from whst i know he's the most expensive playa you's have signed and Eddie Howe obviously thinks so and as a gutted Coventry fan i can confirm he's more than a trainee m8 he's a revelation but as ur being so negative n not giving the young kid a chance i hope he flops n re signs for his childhood team ive only said that as you aint give him a chance PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT
[quote][p][bold]RED LETTER DAY[/bold] wrote: ITS not worth paying £3 million for Callum. . . . He is just a trainee[/p][/quote]Not worth £3m just a trainee well from whst i know he's the most expensive playa you's have signed and Eddie Howe obviously thinks so and as a gutted Coventry fan i can confirm he's more than a trainee m8 he's a revelation but as ur being so negative n not giving the young kid a chance i hope he flops n re signs for his childhood team ive only said that as you aint give him a chance PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT SkyBlue76
  • Score: 0

1:38pm Sun 6 Jul 14

St Albans Cherry says...

SkyBlue76 wrote:
St Albans Cherry wrote:
Surman over Wilson any time.

They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve?

eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE!

This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...)

Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?)

What a great season of football beckons us all...

Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...!
@ St Albans Cherry Andrew Surman over Callum Wilson well you obviously dont know nothing about ur new signing to which im absolutely gutted about being a skyblue but anyway this kid is just fantastic and do u think Eddie Howe would fork out £3m with 2 loan players coming our way possibly a 3rd loan player so we have got the best deal possible but rest assured this young Cov kid has bags n bags of talent and not being biased but i know who i'd rather have in my 1st eleven n thats Callum all day long hope he sways ur thinking good luck for new season PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT
Thank you skyblue 76 for your reaction. It certainly gives us a big smile if we really have your best lad as a top signing. Things are shaping up for us. Good luck with your rebuilding btw.
[quote][p][bold]SkyBlue76[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]St Albans Cherry[/bold] wrote: Surman over Wilson any time. They are both good players but we can ill afford to spend such big money (and it is big money for us) on a player that possibly may under achieve? eg...We all like TK but he is yet to prove ability or anything really. (Yes he does have a broad grin that makes us smile but er wouldn't you in his boots! LOL!)...I hope he goes on to totally to ram those thoughts of mine somewhere...! Fingers crossed let's hear a rant for Rant! EEE! This is a big season for our club. We will no doubt have the Fair Play malarkey raising its ugly head. (Can't believe how little in debt you are allowed to get in the Championship btw...) Can we be in the play offs by the end of next year? Can we beat the bigger teams? Will grabbing Grabban regret the move? Will we be regarded as a minnow with a big heart by the Saints at the end of the season? (Also are they destined to be 'going down with the Luton Town' after all their silverware was nicked?) What a great season of football beckons us all... Good luck and you had all better watch out - the Cherries are coming, to win in a town or city, near you very soon...![/p][/quote]@ St Albans Cherry Andrew Surman over Callum Wilson well you obviously dont know nothing about ur new signing to which im absolutely gutted about being a skyblue but anyway this kid is just fantastic and do u think Eddie Howe would fork out £3m with 2 loan players coming our way possibly a 3rd loan player so we have got the best deal possible but rest assured this young Cov kid has bags n bags of talent and not being biased but i know who i'd rather have in my 1st eleven n thats Callum all day long hope he sways ur thinking good luck for new season PUSB CITY TILL I DIE SISU OUT[/p][/quote]Thank you skyblue 76 for your reaction. It certainly gives us a big smile if we really have your best lad as a top signing. Things are shaping up for us. Good luck with your rebuilding btw. St Albans Cherry
  • Score: 0

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