Newcastle United have confirmed that they have signed Callum Wilson from relegated Bournemouth. The striker has signed a four-year deal with the Magpies in a transfer worth €22m. Wilson rejected a move to Aston Villa and flew in Newcastle Owner Mike Ashley’s private helicopter to complete his transfer to Newcastle, leaving Bournemouth after six seasons.
With his €22m move Wilson becomes Newcastle’s third most expensive signing ever behind Joelinton (€45m from Hoffenheim in 2019) and Miguel Almiron (€23m from Atlanta United in 2019). “From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me,” Wilson told Newcastle’s official website.
“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 a team and I want to help contribute to that.”
Welcome, Callum! 🙌
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