IN THE KNOW

The Football League Paper - - CHAMPIONSHIP - by Neil Fissler

AFC Bournemouth face a fight to hang onto highly rated striker Cal­lum Wil­son if they are not pro­moted to the Pre­mier League at the end of the sea­son.

Wil­son has only been on the South Coast since last sum­mer when he made the £3m move from League One strug­glers Coven­try City.

The for­mer Eng­land U21 in­ter­na­tional, who cel­e­brated his 23rd birth­day on Fri­day, has proved to be a sen­sa­tion in his first sea­son in the Cham­pi­onship.

His strike against Derby County last month was his 18th in all com­pe­ti­tions and his form has had Pre­mier League scouts flock­ing to watch him.

Wil­son came through the youth ranks at Coven­try and had loan spells in the Con­fer­ence at Tam­worth and Ket­ter­ing Town.

But it would ap­pear that he will be play­ing in the top flight next sea­son even if Ed­die Howe’s side fail to win pro­mo­tion.

Pre­mier League lead­ers Chelsea are said to be keep­ing tabs on his progress while As­ton Villa, who have been short of goals this sea­son, are also in­ter­ested.

One stick­ing point to any deal could be that Bournemouth, who don’t need to sell, are thought to rate Wil­son at over £12m, four times what they paid for him. BRIS­TOL City are set to make a move for Ful­ham striker Matt Smith if they are pro­moted to the Cham­pi­onship at the end of the sea­son.

Smith, 25, re­turns to west Lon­don this week­end af­ter a suc­cess­ful stay in the West Coun­try and it would lead to a per­ma­nent move for the star in the sum­mer. SH­EFFIELD Wed­nes­day are poised to make a move to sign out-of-favour Le­ices­ter City winger An­thony Knock­aert, 23, on loan for the rest of the sea­son.

The French ace is keen to get his ca­reer back on track af­ter it stalled fol­low­ing the Foxes’ pro­mo­tion to the Pre­mier League at the end of last sea­son.

The Owls are very keen on sign­ing him while Brent­ford and Wolves have also been keep­ing tabs on him.

Knock­aert looked set to be on his way to Ip­swich at the start of last week un­til the move fell through.

Le­ices­ter signed Knock­aert from French side Guingamp in 2012.

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