Manchester United have been linked with a move for Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson.

ESPN report he is on Ole Gunnar Solskjaer’s transfer shortlist, and he was the only striker to feature.

Last season Wilson scored 14 goals for Bournemouth, which is no mean feat. It was more than Romelu Lukaku managed for Manchester United. This year he has three goals to his name in five matches.

His form has led to him earning an England call-up and he has been a regular over the past 12 months.

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If Ole Gunnar Solskjaer wants a striker capable of competing with Marcus Rashford, rather than outright replacing him, then there is a case to be made for bringing Wilson in to add depth up front.

Yet this is a potential deal riddled with problems. Wilson signed a new four-year deal at Bournemouth in July. His previous contract had been set to expire in 2020. The window to get him for a reasonable price have been missed.

 

He also has suffered a serious ACL injury which cost him a year of his career. This is a risk factor United would have to build into considering whether to spend big on him.

At 27-years-old, United may be able to find a younger talent, who is available for a smaller fee. The Mail reported last January that Bournemouth wanted £75 million for him amid interest from Chelsea.

Wilson is a talented player. On a free transfer he would improve United’s team. For a big fee, it just does not really make much sense to make him a priority above other strikers who could be available, especially when he would not be an automatic first choice.

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