Newcastle: £20m Howe favourite now 'expected to stay' at St James' Park

Newcastle United manager Eddie Howe

Newcastle United striker Callum Wilson will probably stay at St James’ Park this summer, says Sky Sports reporter Keith Downie.

The Tyneside club are currently being linked with several forwards, but Downie still expects the 30-year-old to remain a part of Eddie Howe’s side.

What is the latest news involving Wilson?

Wilson has been out of action since December after picking up a calf injury in Newcastle’s 1-1 draw with Manchester United; however, there is an expectation that he will make a return before the end of the season.

While upcoming games against Crystal Palace and Norwich City are likely to come too soon, Howe has refused to rule out the possibility of the Englishman being available for the fixtures afterwards.

“I don’t think either [Wilson or Kieran Trippier] will be involved next week, whether that’s Crystal Palace or Norwich,” the Newcastle boss recently told The Northern Echo and other outlets. “Maybe after those games, who knows? I’m not putting a game on it.”

With the Magpies managing to pick up points without Wilson, though, winning last time out against Leicester City, there is obviously no need to rush him back.

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What has Downie said about Wilson’s Newcastle future?

Reports suggest that Newcastle are interested in the likes of Darwin Nunez and Hugo Ekitike going into the summer transfer window, but Downie still sees a future for Wilson at St James’ Park.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, the Sky Sports journalist said: “He loves playing for the club, and the fans love him as well. So there’s a good relationship, and he’s obviously got a very, very close bond with Howe. I’d probably expect him to stay in the summer.”

Should Newcastle keep hold of Wilson?

Wilson’s injury problems are a concern, but he is still a player worth keeping around.

When fit, he has scored goals for Newcastle since joining them from Bournemouth in a £20m deal back in 2020. Last season, the England international found the back of the net 12 times in 26 Premier League appearances, which is a good return.

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Wilson is also someone Howe likes and trusts, with the centre-forward playing 194 times under the 44-year-old across his spells with Newcastle and former club Bournemouth.

Based on reports, the likelihood is that Newcastle will sign a new No.9 this summer. However, that should not necessarily force Wilson out, who could still be a very useful squad player under Howe.

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