Former Premier League midfielder Carlton Palmer has ruled out the possibility of West Ham re-igniting their previous interest in Callum Wilson successfully in the summer.
The Hammers were reportedly keen on bringing the experienced 29-year-old to the London Stadium in the summer following his relegation with Bournemouth, but the England international eventually ended up on Tyneside with Newcastle.
However, Newcastle find themselves threatened by relegation – but Palmer has claimed that relegation would not be enough for Newcastle to part with one of their talismanic forwards.
Speaking to FootballFanCast, Palmer said of the Irons’ transfer prospects:
“I can’t imagine Newcastle letting him go because if they go down, he’s proven that he can score goals in that division,” Palmer claimed when asked if he could see West Ham reviving their interest in Wilson.
“As long as he’s fit, you know, he’s had a difficult time with injuries, but he’s proven he can score in that league.”
Wilson has certainly impressed in an otherwise-concerning season for the Magpies, with 10 goals to his name in just 22 league appearances.
Although he is not named as a priority target, West Ham have been linked with a long list of prolific forwards ahead of the summer transfer window following the loss of Ivorian striker Sebastien Haller to Ajax in January.
If Newcastle go down, they could rely on Wilson to tear up the Championship and given his age, West Ham would be unlikely to see any major sell-on value in Wilson.
Although he would be a worthy target, Palmer justly identifies the difficulties in West Ham attempting to sign Wilson.