Chelsea Interested in Callum Wilson in Latest January Transfer Rumours

Matt JonesFeatured ColumnistNovember 7, 2018

LONDON, ENGLAND - OCTOBER 27: Callum Wilson of AFC Bournemouth celebrates scoring his team third goal during the Premier League match between Fulham FC and AFC Bournemouth at Craven Cottage on October 27, 2018 in London, United Kingdom. (Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images)
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Chelsea are reportedly considering making a move for Bournemouth's star forward Callum Wilson in January following his excellent start to the season.  

According to Adrian Kajumba of the Daily Mirror, the Blues have been impressed by the way in which Wilson has performed in 2018-19, netting seven goals and notching four assists too.

"It has also alerted Chelsea who have stepped up their scouting of Wilson and having him watched on a regular basis between now and the end of the year," said Kajumba. "They could firm up their interest as early as January if Wilson—contracted to Bournemouth until 2022 after signing a new deal in July—continues to shine."

The Blues have had issues up top at times this season, with Olivier Giroud offering a fine focal point without providing a goal threat. Meanwhile, Alvaro Morata appears to be back in form following a tough end to his debut season.

Even so, there's no doubt Chelsea would benefit from another attacking outlet, as they have relied too heavily on Eden Hazard in the final third at times.

Wilson, who has helped Bournemouth get off to a brilliant start in the Premier League, would potentially be an excellent option for the Blues. At the moment, there aren't many English players who can match his productivity: 

Squawka Football @Squawka

Only two English players have been directly involved in 10+ league goals in Europe’s top five divisions this season: 🇩🇪 Jadon Sancho 🏴󠁧󠁢󠁥󠁮󠁧󠁿 Callum Wilson A pretty unexpected duo. https://t.co/ucqnueMuYK

What's been impressive about Wilson of late is the manner in which his game has evolved, meaning he can be such a danger up top.

Despite a couple of serious injury layoffs since the Cherries were promoted to the Premier League, the 26-year-old is still quick and powerful, and he is becoming much more intelligent in the way he uses the ball with his back to goal.

Greg Johnson of Football.London is a big admirer of the Bournemouth man: 

Greg Johnson @gregianjohnson

In short: I really rate Callum Wilson.

As relayed by Coral, Wilson has also recently been tipped for an England call for the first time in his career: 

Coral @Coral

🦁🦁🦁 We make Callum Wilson just 4/6 to be included in the England squad to face the USA. https://t.co/Y7GcpmcXYj

Although Chelsea would like to bolster their ranks in January with a new forward, signing one will be challenging.

Not only is Wilson tied down to a long-term contract, the Cherries would surely resist any attempts made to sign the player in the midseason window. Given they sit in sixth in the Premier League table, they have the chance to achieve something special in this campaign if the current squad stays together.

Manager Maurizio Sarri will at least be pleased by the way in which Morata has come back into form, and in recent years Giroud has shown himself to be effective coming off the bench. Blues fans will be hopeful that duo can keep them in contention for the Premier League title until January at least.