Callum Wilson has signed for Newcastle from Bournemouth for £20m on a four-year deal.
Wilson turned down Aston Villa and flew from the south coast to Tyneside in Mike Ashley’s private helicopter to complete the deal, leaving Bournemouth after six years following their relegation to the Sky Bet Championship.
Wilson becomes the third-highest transfer fee paid by Newcastle for a player, behind Joelinton (£40m from Hoffenheim in 2019) and Miguel Almiron (£21m from Atlanta United in 2019).
When asked how it felt to sign for Newcastle, Wilson told Sky Sports News:
“It feels amazing. Such a massive club. It wasn’t an easy decision as Villa is back home for me but this club is huge and I want to get off to a flying start.
“The strikers here have been iconic over the years and I want to emulate what they’ve achieved. My son watched the film Goal – so he wanted me to come here! I met most of the boys today, and I can’t wait to get training with them.
“[Alan Shearer] is a hero here and I asked him a few questions when I was coming up, he reiterated I’m making the right decision, and said if I work hard and score goals the fans will love me.”