Newcastle Confirm Signing of Callum Wilson on Four-Year Deal

Callum Wilson
Callum Wilson has joined Newcastle from Bournemouth | Catherine Ivill/Getty Images

Newcastle have confirmed the signing of Bournemouth striker Callum Wilson, who has put pen to paper on a four-year deal at St James' Park.

The Magpies beat Aston Villa to the 29-year-old, who had looked set to leave the Cherries from the moment their relegation back to the Championship was confirmed.

Wilson told the Newcastle website: "From the minute I knew that Newcastle were interested, it was definitely something that appealed to me.

"It's a massive club with great history. Along the years, they've had great strikers so if I can emulate half of what they've done, I'd like to attempt that.

"I believe in my ability as a player. As a striker I think it's important to set yourself goals long term and short term, and I'm hoping to achieve them. With the players around me, I believe we can get the goals we need as team and I want to help contribute to that."

The deal is believed to have cost somewhere in the region of £20m, and he is expected to be followed by former Bournemouth team-mate Ryan Fraser, who was due to undergo a medical on Monday.

On Wilson, Newcastle manager Steve Bruce added: "Callum is somebody I’ve admired for a long time and I’m delighted to get him.

"He has done fantastically well at Bournemouth and was deservedly playing centre forward for England less than two years ago.

"The club has worked ever so hard to get Callum here and we have beaten off competition from a number of clubs. I’m grateful the club has made it happen. Lee Charnley and those behind the scenes deserve a lot of credit."

Norwich left-back Jamal Lewis is also reportedly close to a move, while the Magpies continue to pursue a deal for Arsenal defender Rob Holding.