After witnessing him fire Bournemouth to an all but guaranteed Premier League promotion, no fewer than ten top-tier outfits have reportedly taken a liking to Cherries frontman Callum Wilson.
The £3m acquisition from Coventry City has struck 20 goals in steering the Dorset club to second in the Championship ahead of the season’s final game, going into which his side hold a three-point lead over third-place Middlesbrough who possess an enormously inferior goal difference.
While this beefy haul isn’t enough to grant him top goalscorer honours, the 23-year-old has apparently earned the affection of half of the sides operating at the nation’s highest level, including Tottenham and West Ham, with his pace and unrelenting work ethic particularly appealing.
In terms of reliability, the Midlands-born striker has missed just one league game of Bournemouth’s 45 to date.
Strong physical attributes, a sharp eye for goal and an infrequent knocker on the medical team’s door, Wilson appears worthy of the attention he is said to be receiving.
Much more than just a prolific sharpshooter, the Cherries star has helped add a further seven strikes to their seasonal haul by way of assists.
Achieving such a figure with a passes-per-game average as low as 16.7 is testament to how effective a player Wilson is.
Typically relinquishing possession at a rate of 2.6 times per outing, it’s clear he needs to improve his ball retention skills ahead of the step up in stature, but as far as raw materials go, Bournemouth’s chief goal-threat is well-stocked.
His prospective purchasers, however, are unlikely to get value for their money.
Funded by Russian moneybags Maxim Demin, the Goldsands club are one of the wealthiest outside of the top flight, as is exemplified by their £3m purchase of Wilson during the previous pre-season.
His fantastic campaign will have ensured his net worth has more than doubled, rendering him far too costly for a player who is yet to sample life beyond the second-highest rung on the English football ladder.
Such factors make the 1/2 about him starting next season with his current club free money.