Bournemouth, Wolverhampton, Crystal Palace & Brighton are reportedly interested in signing Liverpool attacker Harry Wilson, who could cost £25 million.
According to The Sun, Liverpool forward Harry Wilson has been identified as a top target for Bournemouth this summer. The Cherries are ready to make a move for the young attacker, who has impressed on loan at Derby County in the Championship this season.
However, they will face stiff competition from Wolverhampton Wanderers, Crystal Palace and Brighton & Hove Albion in the pursuit of Wilson, who is valued somewhere around the £25 million mark by Liverpool.
Liverpool have appeared keen on shipping out their unwanted players this summer. Earlier this week, goalkeeper Simon Mignolet was made available for a reported fee of £15 million. That was followed up by reports claiming that the Premier League giants had set an asking fee of £12 million for Rangers target Ryan Kent.
Hence, a move away from Anfield could be on the horizon for Wilson as well, who is unlikely to be considered in the first-team despite impressing on loan to Derby. It could, however, benefit Bournemouth, who will be keen to add more quality to their attack this summer.
The Cherries have had an underwhelming campaign this term. But, players like Ryan Fraser, Callum Wilson and David Brooks have chipped in with goals. As a result, they have finished the campaign as the highest scoring team in the second half of the league table with 54 goals.
That said, both Fraser and Wilson have been linked with a move away from Vitality Stadium, with the former being a subject of a transfer battle between Manchester United, Liverpool and Arsenal. Hence, the addition of a new attacker could be imperative if Eddie Howe wants to restore his side’s offensive unit, especially in the event of Fraser’s departure.
Wilson, in that regard, is an exciting candidate thanks to an impressive campaign in the Championship that saw him score 15 goals for Derby County this season. His service in front of goal played a critical role in Derby’s road to reaching the finals of the promotion play-off. And the youngster is expected to play a vital role for the Rams when they meet Aston Villa in the final.
Wilson is a versatile forward, who can feature anywhere in the final third. This will make it easier for Howe to accommodate him in his preferred 4-4-2 formation, especially when he has two reliable goalscoring options in Joshua King and Callum Wilson.
Deploying him in right-wing seems like the most logical choice but only if Fraser leaves the club this summer. If not, Wilson will likely have to settle for a place on the bench for the most of next season.
As for Liverpool, they will be more than happy to release their prized asset for a fee of £25 million. It will help them fund moves for their transfer targets as they aim to add more depth to their attack. But, it will be interesting to see whether or not will the Cherries, along with the clubs agree to meet their asking fee for the highly-talented forward this summer.