Bournemouth boss Eddie Howe has insisted that striker and Chelsea target Callum Wilson is not for sale in January.
The England international has enjoyed a superb season so far for the Cherries, and has been heavily linked with a move to Premier League giants Chelsea.
It is no secret we are having striker issues at Stamford Bridge and have been linked with a £30 million swoop, with some reports claiming that the club are confident they can secure the Englishman’s signature.
Coach Gianfranco Zola even came out and admitted his Admiration for the 26-year old, who has scored eight goals in the Premier League this season for Bournemouth.
Zola told the Sky Sports website earlier last week: “I’m sure there are a lot of players linked with us. Certainly Callum Wilson is doing well for his club and is of interest not only of us but for many.
“He’s strong, fast, and he sees the goal. I like because he’s quick, but also strong in the air, which is a very important quality. But I don’t want to go too much into it. He’s doing very well. I’m pleased for him.
“He has a lot of qualities that can take him a long way.”
But, asked whether Wilson would be allowed to leave in the coming transfer window, Howe said: “Not from my perspective, no.
“Callum is our player, he is very focused on us and you could see that from his performance. He gave everything for the team.”
Will a big offer convince Bournemouth to sell Wilson?
Howe knows he simply cannot afford to lose one of his best players half way through the season if he wants to stay in the Premier League, so of course he is going to say that Wilson is not for sale.
But if an offer of £30 million does arrive, it will be very hard for the club to turn down and it would also be a big ask for Wilson to reject a chance to play for one of the best coaches in the Premier League right now, with one of the biggest clubs.
If an offer arrives, Wilson will get that move.