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West Ham in hunt to sign Callum Wilson

West Ham are keeping tabs on Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson as they look to add a new striker to their ranks before the deadline day. 

The Hammers are close to signing Kalvin Phillips on loan from Manchester City, and they have an option to make it permanent next summer. West Ham also need to sign a new striker and they have been linked with a move for Jota and FC Nordsjaelland’s Ibrahim Osman. 

However, according to Jacob Steinberg of The Guardian, West Ham are monitoring developments around Wilson who is on £46k-per-week deal at St James’ Park.

Wilson has been linked with a move to Atletico Madrid and AC Milan this month, but Newcastle have made it clear that the striker is not for sale.

He has been linked with a move to Chelsea, Arsenal and Manchester United, and Steinberg says that a move away from the club is unlikely at this stage.

Not going to happen

West Ham desperately need to add a few players to their ranks in the final few days of the January transfer window, and Wilson would have been a terrific signing for the club.

He is a proven goalscorer although his injury record is a matter of concern. Since joining the Magpies in 2020, he has scored 46 goals in 102 games in all competitions, and goals are guaranteed from him.

West Ham are missing Michail Antonio at the moment, and they don’t have any recognized number nine. The club failed to find a proper replacement for Gianluca Scamacca last summer, and signing a forward has become a top priority for David Moyes.

Newcastle are desperate to stay in line with Premier League profit and sustainability rules and they do need to offload a few players. However, given their injury concerns, Eddie Howe doesn’t want to sell his key players this month.

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