Aston Villa miss out on Wilson
The last couple of weeks saw interest in Bournemouth forward Callum Wilson ramp up.
The two clubs to have been vying it out for the hitman were Aston Villa and Newcastle.
It was even claimed last Tuesday that both Premier League outfits were in talks with the Cherries over Wilson:
Newcastle & Villa both in talks with Bournemouth over striker Callum Wilson. Newcastle trying to structure a deal that would include winger Matt Ritchie going in the other direction. Aston Villa also trying to buy Wilson, but their deal would not involve a player-swap #NUFC
— Keith Downie (@SkySports_Keith) September 1, 2020
However, Dean Smith and co. have since missed out on the Englishman, with Newcastle having announced Wilson’s signing on Monday:
— Newcastle United FC (@NUFC) September 7, 2020
Villa eyeing King & Watkins
With the need for attacking reinforcements at Villa Park remaining clear for all to see, though, it appears that Dean Smith’s side have wasted little time in moving on to new targets.
One such target, according to reports, comes in the form of Joshua King, Wilson’s former teammate at Bournemouth.
The versatile Norwegian, like the rest of Bournemouth’s squad, didn’t enjoy a great 2019/20.
But he nevertheless managed a respectable six goals and four assists in 26 league outings, and would no doubt help to improve Villa’s limp attack.
In turn, on Tuesday, the Telegraph are reporting that the Claret and Blue are ‘making’ a £16m bid for King.
King is understood to be available for a fee in this region, having entered the final year of his contract.
Brentford’s Ollie Watkins, meanwhile, is also believed to be a priority target for Villa, who are understood to be eager to secure two new forwards this summer.
And, as reported this afternoon, a deal for the Brentford hitman is now close.
Villa are expected to pay an initial £28m for Watkins, though that sum could eventually rise to £33m:
Aston Villa close to deal for Brentford striker Ollie Watkins. Fee is an initial £28m which could rise to £33m with add-ons.
— Phil McNulty (@philmcnulty) September 8, 2020
This article was edited by Conor Laird.