Newcastle will move for Bournemouth’s £20million hit man Callum Wilson if the Cherries are relegated this weekend.
Magpies manager Steve Bruce has been watching Wilson, 28, for several months, and sees the England striker as the man to add firepower to his attack next season.
But a major doubt hanging over any of Bruce’s summer transfer plans is the planned takeover of Newcastle by the Saudi Public Investment Fund group, which has stalled, with Henry Mauriss now in talks to buy the club off of owner Mike Ashley.
Bruce though has been continuing with his planning for next season - but a deal for Wilson, almost certain to be sold if the Cherries do drop out of the top fight this weekend, would require a big fee.
With Manchester City keen on a £40m deal for Bournemouth’s former Chelsea defender Nathan Ake, the Dorset outfit are bracing themselves for raids on their squad, should the worst happen this weekend, when they need to win at Everton and hope other results go for them to survive.