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Callum
Wilson (Callum)

27 Feb 1992

England

Bournemouth

England

Callum Wilson became Steve Bruce's second signing of the 2020 transfer window after completing a £20m move from relegated Bournemouth on a 4 year deal. The signing was something of a coup for the Magpies given stiff competition from a number of other clubs including Aston Villa who had themselves lodged a £21m bid just two days before this move was completed.

Wilson arrived at Newcastle after scoring 8 goals in his previous season for his relegated team. When you consider that no United player managed even that number of goals in the league in the same season it indicated how desperate the Magpies were for a competent front man.

The signing was also something of a deviation from Mike Ashley's previous recruitment policy, i.e. paying £20m for a 28 year old just not being something that was ever contemplated (Ashley not sanctioning a £16m deal for Rondon just a year earlier as one example).

The striker was opened with welcome arms by the Newcastle fans. Wilson, in joining the club, also focussed on the opportunity to use NUFC as a platform to be more than on the periphery of the England team, having scored on his debut as a full international the season before.

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