NEWCASTLE have had a £20million bid for striker Callum Wilson accepted by Bournemouth.
The Magpies were in a battle with Aston Villa for the services of the 28-year-old but the latter have reportedly withdrawn their higher offer after it became apparent the player’s preference was a move to the north east.
That left the way clear for Newcastle to press home their interest and secure an agreement with the relegated Cherries, meaning Wilson is now free to discuss personal terms.
Steve Bruce is keen to improve his attacking options after it was confirmed Dwight Gayle will be out for up to four months after knee surgery.
Wilson was the Cherries’ leading scorer last season with eight goals in 35 appearances. Jonjo Shelvey was the Magpies top marksman with six.
On the grapevine
■ BAYER Leverkusen have joined Paris Saint-Germain in the hunt for Hector Bellerin, with Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta prepared to sell his compatriot to fund his own transfer plans.
■ LYON left-back Fernando Marcal has become Wolves’ third summer signing, after the arrivals of Matija Sarkic and Fabio Silva.
■ BARCELONA midfielder Rafinha, younger brother of Liverpool target Thiago Alcantara, is being linked with a move to Premier League newcomers Leeds.
■ £22m — Bid Tottenham hope will land Brentford’s Ollie Watkins. The striker had been linked with Aston Villa who have
already lost out to Newcastle in the race for Callum Wilson