Tottenham step up efforts to sign Newcastle, West Ham strike target

Callum Wilson, Nathan Ake, Joshua King

Tottenham are reportedly ready to step their interest in signing a Newcastle and West Ham attacking target.

Spurs boss Jose Mourinho is keen to add another central striking option to his squad, after being forced to bite the bullet when Harry Kane and Son Heung-Min picked up injuries last season.

And Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson has emerged as a top target after the Cherries were relegated last season.

The 28-year-old England international is a proven Premier League performer. He has been directly involved in 57 goals in 126 top-flight games.

That sort of output is tempting Spurs into a potential move, according to talkSPORT’s transfer expert Alex Crook.

He said:  “I’m told Callum Wilson will be leaving Bournemouth as well and again he’s been linked with Tottenham.

“But I’ve heard Newcastle are very keen as well and there could even be a swap deal for Matt Ritchie heading in the opposite direction back to the Cherries.”

CaughtOffside claims, via a source, that Spurs and Newcastle, West Ham United and Crystal Palace are keen on Wilson.

Callum Wilson Bournemouth

However, Palace are unlikely to make a move after splashing out over £19m on QPR’s Eberechi Eze.

Both the Hammers and Magpies are in need of a new No. 9, with Wilson certainly guaranteed more game time at those clubs.

But the England man might opt for the more high-profile switch and the chance to play in Europe with Spurs.

How much Bournemouth will want remains a sticking point, however. There have been wide-ranging reports of anything between a bargain £10m and £30m.



Another striker on Tottenham’s radar is Fenerbahce frontman Vedat Muriqi, although it looks like he could be bund for Italy.

Muriqi enjoyed a prolific first season in Turkey, scoring 17 goals in 36 games. His form has seen him linked with a quick move to a bigger league.

Previous reports had suggested that Tottenham were considering a bid for Muriqi.

However, Lazio soon emerged as the favourites for the 26-year-old. The Serie A side are looking to strengthen ahead of their return to Champions League football.

Muriqi was thought to be on the verge of moving to Lazio, but no medical has been scheduled. And now, Fenerbahce have changed their demands for the striker.

According to Sky Sport Italia and Corriere Dello Sport, that’s because Fiorentina are trying to hijack the deal. Read more…