Aston Villa will look elsewhere after Callum Wilson snub

Villa have turned attentions to other striker targets after missing out on Callum Wilson.

Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. (AMA)
Callum Wilson of Bournemouth. (AMA)

The 28-year-old is poised to join Newcastle from Bournemouth in a deal worth around £20million, after choosing a move to the north-east over the Midlands.

Villa, who had seen an initial £15m offer rejected by the Cherries, made a larger bid of around £21m on Saturday.

But it was later withdrawn when Wilson intimated his preferred destination, leaving Villa boss Dean Smith to look elsewhere.

Celtic striker Odsonne Edouard is a player admired by Smith but the Scottish club have no desire to sell and Villa are yet to make an approach. Wilson’s Bournemouth team-mate Josh King is another possible target.

Smith is eager to bring in a central striker, preferably with Premier League experience, before Villa open their top flight campaign at home to Sheffield United on September 20.

Talks with Brentford over a deal for Ollie Watkins have, meanwhile, been made more complicated by the interest of Tottenham in the 24-year-old forward.

Villa have been in pole position for Watkins’ signature since the Bees missed out on promotion to the Premier League but now face a battle to land one of their primary targets.

Smith would also like to bring in another goalkeeper, though reports Villa have enquired about Spurs shot-stopper Paulo Gazzaniga are believed to be wide of the mark.

Villa continued their preparations for the new season with a 3-2 friendly win at Arsenal on Saturday.

Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang scored twice for the Gunners but a Villa team missing several international players were victorious thanks to a Douglas Luiz strike and Jacob Ramsey’s double.

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