Callum Wilson aims to emulate former Newcastle greats after sealing move

Newcastle have announced the signing of Callum Wilson from Bournemouth on a four-year deal.

The 28-year-old England international has joined the Magpies for an undisclosed fee which is understood to be in the region of £20million.

A club statement said: “Newcastle United are delighted to announce the signing of striker Callum Wilson from AFC Bournemouth.

“The 28-year-old joins the Magpies for an undisclosed fee and has signed a contract that will keep him at St James’ Park until summer 2024.”

Wilson, who was also wanted by Aston Villa, is relishing the opportunity to follow in the footsteps of some of the cub’s biggest names.He said: “From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me.

“It’s a massive club with great history. Along the years, they’ve had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they’ve done, I’d like to attempt that.

“I believe in my ability as a player. As a striker I think it’s important to set yourself goals long term and short term, and I’m hoping to achieve them.

“With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that.”

Bruce ‘delighted’ to sign Wilson

Steve Bruce

Head coach Steve Bruce was delighted to get his man with the start of the new season just five days away.

Bruce said: “Callum is somebody I’ve admired for a long time and I’m delighted to get him. He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre-forward for England less than two years ago.

“The club has worked ever so hard to get Callum here and we have beaten off competition from a number of clubs.

“I’m grateful the club has made it happen. Lee Charnley and those behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit.”

Newcastle are also reportedly close to two more signings. Jamal Lewis and Ryan Fraser could also join them this week.